In the News

February 2015

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WPTF interview on incentives, no link available
(Allan Freyer interview)

"Greensboro workshop focuses on cleaning up criminal records," Greensboro News & Record, February 28, http://www.news-record.com/news/government/greensboro-workshop-focuses-o...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Justin Guillory: 'Carolina Comeback' is not a reality," Winston-Salem Journal, February 28, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/justin-guillory-carolina-co...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Report: Job development grant program has 60% failure rate," Henderson Daily Dispatch, February 28, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/news/x923741299/Report-Job-development-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Legislators snub the governor, but media miss it," The Robesonian, February 28, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152107138/Legisla...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Tax shift in NC continues," Laurinburg Exchange, February 27, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152073198... (also at Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/152107732/North-Carolinas-tax-...,
(Cedric Johnson column)

"McCrory still not sold on Medicaid expansion," Charlotte Business Journal, February 26, http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/queen_city_agenda/2015/02/gove... (also at Triad Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2015/02/27/governor-still-not-sold...)
(quotes Nicole Dozier)

“Bill would legalize discrimination,” Richmond Daily Journal, February 26, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion_columns/152065165/Bill-woul... (also at Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/152063237/Senate-leaders-push-..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-senate-leade..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-senate-lead..., Greenville Daily Reflector: https://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-legalizing-discrim..., The Daily Advance: https://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/other-views/chris-fitzsimon-senate8...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"ECU medical deserves more funding," Raleigh News & Observer, February 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/25/4583491/ecu-medical-deserves-more...
(cites Adam Linker)

"NC House jobs bill would double cap on incentive grants," Charlotte Observer, February 25, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article1111205... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/24/4580263_nc-house-jobs-bill-would-...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Immigration status creating barriers for some students,” Asheville Citizen-Times, February 25, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/02/25/immigration-sta...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Time to bring back some help for low-wage workers," Anson Record, February 25, http://www.ansonrecord.com/news/opinion/152010899/Time-to-bring-back-som... (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x1271336877/Fitzsimon-Time-to-b..., Greenville Daily Reflector: https://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-help-low-wage-work..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-time-to-brin...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Stop fighting to legalize discrimination," Huffington Post, February 25, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/annie-l-scholl/stop-fighting-to-legalize_b...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"McCrory defends Tony Tata's day off," Raleigh News & Observer, February 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/25/4582956/mccrory-defends-tony-tata...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"NC Supreme Court hears arguments for and against vouchers," Raleigh News & Observer, February 24, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/24/4580723_nc-supreme-court-hears-ar... (also at Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article11101985.html)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Icy roads challenge Triangle drivers; Wednesday snow forecasts vary," Raleigh News & Observer, February 24, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/24/4579277/suddenly-snow-weather-ser...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"As winter storm snarls traffic, transportation chief promotes new book," WRAL, February 24, http://www.wral.com/as-winter-storm-snarls-traffic-transportation-chief-...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

“NC Supreme Court to hear private school voucher case,” WUNC, February 24, http://wunc.org/post/nc-supreme-court-hear-private-school-voucher-case
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Sketchy incentives use," Charlotte Observer, February 23, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article11032403.html
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Opinion: Job grants program is getting results,” Blue Ridge Now, February 23, http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20150224/ARTICLES/502241001?tc=ar
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Big promises, few specifics for SC companies promising jobs and getting tax money,” WSPA, February 23, http://www.wspa.com/story/28175915/big-promises-few-specifics-for-sc-com...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Wake County school makeup days won't affect spring break - for now," Raleigh News & Observer, February 23, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/23/4578374/wake-schools-makeup-days-... (also at The State: http://www.thestate.com/2015/02/23/4006947_wake-county-school-makeup-day...)
(Cites NC Justice Center)

"Public dollars for private education," Shelby Star, February 23, http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/public-dollars-for-private-educatio...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC hospitals reduce practice of suing patients," The State, February 22, http://www.thestate.com/2015/02/22/4004079_newspapers-nc-hospitals-reduc... (also at WXII: http://www.wxii12.com/news/Newspapers-NC-hospitals-reduce-practice-of-su..., Hampton Roads Pilot: http://hamptonroads.com/2015/02/nc-hospitals-reduce-practice-suing-patients, WLOS: http://www.wlos.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.nc/3725e742-www.w..., Greenfield Daily Reporter: http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/605eb6c5af0c412b92bc3ebe803..., Rocky Mount Telegram: https://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/ncwire/newspapers-hospitals-redu...)
(cites Adam Linker)

"Incentives debate," Greenville Daily Reflector, February 21, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/other-voices/gannon-incentives-debate-2...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC hospitals curb suits against patients," Charlotte Observer, February 21, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/02/21/5529663/nc-hospitals-curb-su... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/21/4573179/nc-hospitals-curb-suits-a...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"McCrory's mysterious and troubling claims about worker's compensation," Winston-Salem Journal, February 21, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-mccrory-s-m...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Despite new laws, Carolinas HealthCare is still suing patients," Charlotte Observer, February 21, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/02/21/5529657/despite-new-laws-car...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Expand the menu," Jacksonville Daily News, February 20, http://www.jdnews.com/opinion/our-opinion/expand-the-menu-1.441028
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Local EDC responds to report, criticism of JDIG incentives program," Mountain Xpress, February 20, https://mountainx.com/opinion/local-edc-responds-to-report-criticism-of-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Industry recruiters: To be competitive, NC needs job grants," Hendersonville Lightning, February 20, http://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/four-seasons-politics/3679-indust...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"North Carolina among top states for ACA enrollment," Charlotte Observer, February 20, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/02/20/5528152/north-carolina-among... (also at The State: http://www.thestate.com/2015/02/20/4000816/north-carolina-among-top-stat...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"If we do not have access to the JDIG program, our state cannot compete," Asheville Citizen-Times, February 20, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/02/20/acces...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"A little help of NC's working poor?" The Robesonian, February 20, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151964932/A-littl...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Corporate Welfare Queens - Shocking development program failure rate in North Carolina," Naked Capitalism, February 20, http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/02/corporate-welfare-queens-shocking...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"No more poverty in North Carolina? UNC panel wants to close school's poverty center," The Washington Post, February 19, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/19/no-more-p...
(cites Budget & Tax Center, NC Policy Watch)

"Ideology seen as factor in closings in University of North Carolina system," The New York Times, February 19, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/20/us/ideology-seen-as-factor-in-closings...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Report: State needs to address failing incentive deals," WFDD, February 19, http://wfdd.org/post/report-state-needs-address-failing-incentive-deals
(Allan Freyer interview)

"Closer look needed on incentives program," Morganton News Herald, February 19, http://www.morganton.com/opinion/closer-look-needed-on-incentives-progra...
(cites Allan Freyer)

"McCrory careless on workers' comp," Richmond Daily Journal, February 19, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151945739/M... (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x1707095540/Fitzsimon-McCrory-s...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Report finds NC incentive program 'fails,'" WFAE, February 18, http://wfae.org/post/report-finds-nc-incentive-program-fails
(Allan Freyer interview)

"McCrory way off on benefit claim," The Robesonian, February 18, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151927118/McCory-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Federal judge halts executive actions on immigration," Time Warner Cable News, February 18, http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triad/news/2015/02/18/federal-judge-halts-exec...
(quotes Raul Pinto)

"Playing politics with folks' lives," Tideland News, February 18, http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/tideland_news/opinions/article_8a8654...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"WNC sees only small share of job incentives money," Asheville Citizen-Times, February 17, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/elections/2015/02/17/economic-incenti...
(cites NC Justice Center)

Incentives piece, Viewpoints with Lockwood Phillips, February 17, http://tunein.com/radio/Viewpoints-with-Lockwood-Phillips-p119157/
(Allan Freyer interview)

"Report examines North Carolina economic incentive programs," Public News Service, February 17, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-02-17/budget-policy-and-priorities...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"McCrory doles out incentives but results are lacking," Raleigh News & Observer, February 17, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/17/4563340/mccrory-doles-out-incenti...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

“Charlotte regional county areas fare poorly in state incentives report,” Charlotte Business Journal, February 17, http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/outside_the_loop/2015/02/charl...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

“Incentives remain a necessary evil,” Rocky Mount Telegram, February 17,http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/opinion/our-views/incentives-remain-ne...
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Report criticizes performance of state’s incentive program,” WRAL, February 16, http://www.wral.com/report-criticizes-performance-of-state-s-incentive-p... (also at WRAL TechWire: ) http://wraltechwire.com/report-criticizes-performance-of-state-s-jobs-in...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

“House Speaker Tim Moore raises salaries for returning staffers,” Raleigh News & Observer, February 16, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/16/4560662_house-speaker-tim-moore-r...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

Read to Achieve, Personal Education Plans & the Spring Lake event, WIDU-AM, February 16, no link available
(Chris Hill interview)

“The many Tar Heels left out of McCrory’s ‘Carolina Comeback,’” Raleigh News & Observer, February 16, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/16/4560781_the-many-tar-heels-left-o...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

“NC House economic recruitment bill seeks to help McCrory,” WNCN, February 16, http://www.wncn.com/story/28120820/nc-house-economic-recruitment-bill-se... (also at Jacksonville Daily News: http://www.jdnews.com/in-other-news/nc-house-economic-recruitment-bill-s..., Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/02/16/5519130/nc-house-economic-re..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/16/4560555/nc-house-economic-recruit..., WNCN: http://www.wncn.com/story/28120820/nc-house-economic-recruitment-bill-se..., Fayetteville Observer: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/state/lawmakers-work-on-economic-recruit...)
(quotes Allan Freyer)

“Report: 60 percent of NC job incentive deals have failed,” Raleigh News & Observer, February 16, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/16/4560253_report-60-percent-of-nc-j...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

“Tax-change renewal could hurt troubled homeowners in North Carolina,” Charlotte Observer, February 16, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/02/16/5514038/tax-changes-could-hu...
(quotes Al Ripley)

“NC Justice Center to release report on state job incentives,” WBTV, February 16, http://www.wbtv.com/story/28116760/nc-justice-center-to-release-report-o... (also at the Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/16/nc-justice-center-to-rel..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/16/4559457/nc-justice-center-to-rele..., Greenfield Daily Reporter: http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/71316488dfb042e48118c121450..., Daily Journal: http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/71316488dfb042e48118c1214503cf00/..., WCTI: http://www.wcti12.com/news/nc-justice-center-to-release-report-on-state-..., WITN: http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/North-Carolina-Justice-Center-to-rele..., WNCN: http://www.wncn.com/story/28116868/nc-justice-center-to-release-report-o..., The Republic: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/71316488dfb042e48118c1214503cf00/N..., Greensboro News & Record: http://www.news-record.com/news/n-c-justice-center-to-release-report-on-...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Oral arguments begin in NC school voucher lawsuit,” WFDD, February 15, http://wfdd.org/post/oral-arguments-begin-nc-school-vouchers-lawsuit
(quotes Christine Bischoff)

“NC could see $271 million shortfall this year, experts say,” The Daily Tar Heel, February 15,  http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/02/nc-could-see-271-million-bud...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

“Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration has nearly depleted NC’s job incentive program,” Charlotte Observer, February 14, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/02/14/5515406/gov-pat-mccrorys-adm... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/14/4555888_gov-pat-mccrory-administr...)
(quotes Allan Freyer)

“The disingenuous tax hike,” Hickory Daily Record, February 14, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-the-disingen... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-gas-tax-hike-ominou..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151875419/The-disingenuous-gas..., Burlington Times-News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/ominous-actions-by-t..., The Robesonian: http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151840908/An-omin...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Five steps to help all N.C. taxpayers," Charlotte Business Journal, February 13, http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/print-edition/2015/02/13/five-steps...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota column)

"Adam Linker on state Medicaid issues," Bill LuMaye Show, February 13, http://billlumaye.blogspot.com/2015/02/adam-linker-on-state-medicaid-iss...
(Adam Linker interview)

“State rundown 2/13: Snow Way Forward,” Tax Justice Blog, February 13,
http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2015/02/state_rundown_213_snow_way...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

“More evidence that NC does not value teachers,” Henderson Daily Dispatch, February 12, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x43876852/Fitzsimon-More-eviden... (also at Richmond Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151820353/L..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-more-eviden..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151821269/More-evidence-that-N..., The Robesonian: http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151801032/More-di...)
(Chris FItzsimon column)

“Wide support with some criticism for GOP plan to cut gas tax, then raise it,” Raleigh News & Observer, February 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/11/4547976/wide-support-with-some-cr...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Ready or not, virtual charter schools on verge of powering up in North Carolina," Jefferson Post, February 11, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151774249/Ready-or-not-virtual...
(Sarah Ovaska column)

“NC Senate passing gas tax raise as a cut,” WFAE, February 11, http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-passing-gas-tax-raise-cut
(cites NC Policy Watch)

“NC’s excessive tax cuts cause red ink,” Raleigh News & Observer, February 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/11/4548609_ncs-excessive-tax-cuts-ca...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"McCrory's Medicaid dance," Jefferson Post, February 10, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151773793/McCrorys-Medicaid-dance
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"North Carolina grades: Don't get lost in the noise," Chatham Journal, February 9, http://www.chathamjournal.com/weekly/opinion/Columns/nc-school-grades-do...
(cites Lindsay Wagner)

"McCrory's uneven address," Greenville Daily Reflector, February 7, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-mccrorys-uneven-add... (also at Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-mccrory-s-un..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-mccrory-s-u..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151697787/McCrorys-uneven-Stat...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Grades for NC schools reveal funding failure," Raleigh News & Observer, February 7, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/07/4538897_grades-for-nc-schools-rev...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Latest NC enrollments under Affordable Care Act total nearly 480,000," Raleigh News & Observer, February 6, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/06/4535763/latest-nc-enrollments-und... (also at Insurance News Net: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2015/02/06/latest-nc-enrollments-un...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"The Left expands its reach," Laurinburg Exchange, February 6, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151670905...
(cites Together NC)

"Groups renew to expand Medicaid in North Carolina," Charlotte Observer, February 4, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/02/04/5493367/groups-renew-push-to... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/04/4530426_groups-renew-push-to-expa...)
(cites NC Justice Center press conference)

"Lawmakers set to introduce bipartisan redistricting reform," Chapelboro, February 4, http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/lawmakers-set-introduce-bipa...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Will local schools make the grade?" Gaston Gazette, February 4, http://www.gastongazette.com/spotlight/will-local-schools-make-the-grade...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Gov. McCrory speaks, and others react," Raleigh News & Observer, February 4, http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/04/4531394/gov-mccrory-speaks-and-ot...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Fix mistake, reinstate the EITC," The Robesonian, February 4, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns/151674599/Fix-mistake-rei... (also at Richmond County Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/151695792/R..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151698237/North-Carolina-aband...)
(Julia Hawes column)

"Redistricting bills face Senate resistance," Charlotte Observer, February 3, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/02/03/5491032/bills-would-allow-no... (also at Lake Wylie Pilot: http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2015/02/03/2789096/bills-would-allow-non-p...)
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Lawmakers want independent panel to draw voting maps," WRAL, February 3, http://www.wral.com/lawmakers-want-independent-panel-to-draw-voting-maps...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"A look at how justice fared during last General Assembly session," Jefferson Post, February 3, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/151589261/A-look-at-how-justic...
(Sharon McCloskey column)

"NC House bill would do rewrite on redistricting method," Time Warner Cable News, February 3, http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triad/news/2015/02/3/nc-house-bill-would-do-re...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"New ad aims to scare up support for bridge improvements in North Carolina," ABC-11, February 2, http://abc11.com/news/i-team-new-ad-aims-to-scare-up-support-for-bridge-...
(quotes Rob Schofield)
 

Also see clips from January 2015, December 2014, November 2014, October 2014, September 2014, August 2014, July 2014, June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014, January 2014 and March 2009-December 2013.