JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — According to the latest jobs report, North Carolina’s headline unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in August, down from 8.5% in July. Good news worth celebrating, right? Don’t pop the cork on that champagne just yet. This was mostly a statistical artifact, not a major improvement in the state’s labor market. While…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is suing to dismantle a powerful legislative check on executive power. The N.C. Supreme Court will eventually decide the issue. The legislature and the governor are fighting over control of the Rules Review Commission — a powerful board, chosen by lawmakers, that can…

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by John Hood RALEIGH — As a fiscal conservative, I long for the days when North Carolina had responsible governors who responded to recessionary budget gaps with fortitude and common sense. You know, governors like Bev Perdue, Mike Easley, and Jim Hunt. All three Democratic governors presided over economic downturns that tore ragged holes in…

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by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget proposal would seize millions from school choices programs and divert it to public schools. Cooper’s plan could eventually cripple the programs while at the same time propping up failing public schools and punishing low-income families, critics say. Cooper announced a $25 billion…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH, N.C. — On August 26, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper proposed a $25 billion General Fund budget to expand Medicaid, increase unemployment benefits, give teachers higher bonuses, and cut funding to Opportunity Scholarships. Republicans immediately blasted Cooper’s spending plan, calling it a risky “spend now, pray later” proposal.…

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by Julie Havlak North Carolina is home to one of the biggest union battles in the South. Mission Health in Asheville is fighting efforts to unionize 1,600 registered nurses. The clash pits HCA Healthcare, the largest hospital system in America, against the National Nurses Organizing Committee, the nation’s largest registered nurses’ union.  If the nurses…

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