State tax policy adds confusion, costs, and complications for NC’s same-sex couples


Marie Baker and Amanda Niles received yet another reminder this tax season that their family isn’t recognized, much less embraced, by the state of North Carolina. When they began to consider how to file their taxes this year, the Durham couple realized that North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriages meant the couple would be filling [Continue Reading...]

On Sunshine Week: Public records, diligence reveal problems in DENR/Duke Energy relationship


In fighting for the clean-up of coal ash ponds around the state, the Southern Environmental Law Center has depended on an unusual weapon, North Carolina’s public records law, to make its case about the dangers posed by the lagoons of toxic sludge that dot the state. The group has filed multiple requests for public documents [Continue Reading...]

Gaming the system at the Division of Employment Security

Dale Folwell heads the state’s Division of Employment Security.

Update: A Wake County Superior Court  judge has  granted a preliminary injunction that  requires the North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES)  to continue making hearing notices about contested unemployment claims available as it has done for the past decade. With little fanfare in a quiet Wake County courtroom yesterday, Dale Folwell, the [Continue Reading...]

New state economic development group outside of ethics laws


The new public-private group that will run North Carolina’s business recruiting and economic development efforts won’t be subject to North Carolina’s ethics laws,  the set of rules requiring public servants, elected officials and state board members to disclose financial interests and avoid conflicts of interest. The board members for the Economic Development Partnership [Continue Reading...]