State Policy

School vouchers: A pathway toward fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars   |   April 25, 2013
By Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch School vouchers and related efforts like tax credits, scholarship grants, and education savings accounts have become popular tools of the...

 

The South, still ruled by 'the handful'   |   April 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Fannie Lou Hamer, a folk philosopher of the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta, knew what she was up against in a state and region where an...

 

VOICES: North Carolina's arrogant and vindictive Senate   |   April 19, 2013
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Senator Tommy Tucker from Union County is the latest member of the General Assembly receiving national attention, and his 15 seconds of fame...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Regressing further on taxes?   |   April 12, 2013
Of the world's 34 most developed nations, rank of the U.S. among the least taxed: 3 Percent of the U.S. gross domestic product represented by total tax revenue -- federal,...

 

VOICES: The danger of McCrory's Bobby Jindal imitation   |   April 10, 2013
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Governor Pat McCrory appears to be on a privatization spree that could have serious implications for jobs and health care in North Carolina....

 

NC attorney general asked to probe possible fracking conflicts of interest in state government   |   April 5, 2013
An environmental watchdog group opposed to fracking has called on the North Carolina attorney general to investigate apparent financial conflicts of interest and what it calls a...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South under the gun   |   April 5, 2013
Percent by which the rate of gun violence in states with the weakest gun laws exceeds that of states with the strongest gun laws, according to a new report from the Center for...

 

Will hog farmers save renewable energy in North Carolina?   |   April 4, 2013
The North Carolina legislature is considering a controversial bill to kill the state's renewable energy law, and a big crowd turned out yesterday for its first hearing in a...

 

The nationwide war on state renewable energy standards comes to North Carolina   |   April 2, 2013
A bill to repeal North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy law is scheduled to get a hearing on Wednesday, April 3 at 11 a.m. before the state House Commerce and Job...

 

Climate science denier found behind controversial bill to muzzle NC agency representing utility customers   |   March 29, 2013
A North Carolina lawmaker recently introduced a bill that that would have restricted the work of the Public Staff, an independent state agency that represents consumers before the...

 

VOICES: In North Carolina, a conspicuous partisan power play   |   March 29, 2013
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Republicans in North Carolina are determined to do everything they can to make it more difficult for you to vote, especially if you are a...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's long resistance to marriage equality (updated)   |   March 27, 2013
(Editor's note: Shortly after this index was published, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) announced that she had changed her position and no longer opposed civil marriage for same-sex...

 

Will North Carolina strike illegal voter literacy test from its constitution?   |   March 26, 2013
With the rise of white-supremacist power in the late 19th century South came efforts by the region's legislatures to block the African-American vote, and one of the most...

 

Who's behind the push to limit multicultural studies in Texas universities?   |   March 20, 2013
Advocates of multiculturalism are girding for a fight in the Texas legislature, where a bill has been introduced that would ban racial, ethnic and gender history studies from...

 

A tale of two states and subsidy transparency   |   March 18, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Florida and Mississippi may come close to sharing a border, but they are worlds apart in their current approach to the disclosure of economic...

 

Meet the ALEC-connected lawmakers behind bill to kill NC renewable energy law   |   March 14, 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a controversial and powerful group that brings together state legislators and corporate representatives to promote conservative...

 

Southeast leads in creating clean-energy manufacturing jobs, but will politicians kill the momentum?   |   March 12, 2013
Clean energy and clean transportation projects are helping drive the U.S. economic recovery, and green business is particularly booming in the Southeast. But will politicians...

 

VOICES: Scarlet Letter licenses? Give me one, too.   |   March 7, 2013
By Jeff Shaw, N.C. Policy Watch Dear Mr. Tata, Please consider this letter my application for a driver's license. Yes, I already have a North Carolina driver's license....

 

Energy watchdog pressures NC governor over conflict of interest   |   March 4, 2013
With North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) refusing to respond to a request to disclose the exact amount of Duke Energy stock he holds, a watchdog group is running a full-page ad in...

 

NC environmentalists look to state House to slow rush to fracking   |   March 1, 2013
A proposal to speed up North Carolina's timetable for the controversial gas drilling practice known as fracking passed the Republican-controlled state Senate this week and now...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Turning back the clock to predatory payday loans   |   February 22, 2013
Date on which North Carolina Sen. Jerry Tillman (R) introduced a bill to re-open the state to "payday" lenders, companies that offer unsecured cash advances with...

 

Gov. McCrory's disconnect on beaches and offshore drilling   |   February 20, 2013
In his first State of the State address this week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory called for moving forward with oil and gas exploration off the state's coast, reporting that...

 

Mississippi charter school supporters fought against public education for years   |   February 19, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Mississippi state Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, a longtime champion of public education, said the current debate on charter schools in the state legislature...

 

Study details economic benefits of North Carolina's threatened clean energy program   |   February 19, 2013
Some conservative lawmakers in North Carolina want to kill the state's clean energy program, but a study released this week suggests they would be delivering a blow to a still...

 

Watchdog asks Gov. McCrory to disclose value of Duke Energy stock holdings   |   February 14, 2013
Following a Facing South report that found North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) holds significant amounts of Duke Energy stock, a watchdog group sent him a letter asking him to...