are previously posted news and other developments about
important public policy issues.
Issues Forum tackles N.C. health care
10, 2005 - Former Gov. Jim Hunt spearheaded an Institute
for Emerging Issues health policy forum where policy
makers, academics and CEOs gathered to discuss what
is needed to make healthcare in North Carolina work.
The forum featured panel discussions on a variety
of healthcare issues, as well as keynote addresses
by former President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Speaker
of the House Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Secretary
of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson.
Carolina fails the grade on smoking control
American Lung Association gives North Carolina an "F" on
three out of four measures related to reducing tobacco
usage. On the fourth measure, it made a "D."
End Vexes N.C. Textile Execs
and apparel once formed a solid base of employment
for North Carolina, but more than 60 percent of those
jobs have been eliminated in the last decade alone.
New Year's Day brought an end to most of the remaining
quotas and tariffs protecting the domestic market.
As a result, many industry observers foresee further
Pegs N.C. Water Needs at $15 Billion
Carolina communities need $15 billion over the next
20 years to meet the surging demand for water, sewer,
and stormwater services, according to a new study
from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development
Call to Action on Health
United Health Foundation has released its 2004 report
tracking the nation's health, state by state. Alas,
North Carolina dropped from 36th overall in 2003
to 41st in 2004. Among the challenges cited: Only
1.2 percent of the state budget is allocated to public
School Report Cards
2004 North Carolina School Report Cards were issued
November 16. The report cards provide information
on school facilities, school finance, teacher quality,
yearly progress, and more.
They Know What They're Getting Into?
the November election neared, D.J. Martin suggested
that campaign rhetoric gave little evidence that candidates
for public offices understood the challenges facing
Carolina Minorities Trail Whites on Broad Range of Indicators,
study by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research
examines racial disparities across a broad range of
indicators and finds North Carolina minorities trail
whites in education, economic well-being, housing, voter
participation, Internet access, health, and criminal
Research Center Says North Carolina Must Improve Voter
Participation and Accuracy
advance of the 2004 election, the N.C. Center for Public
Policy Research calls for reforms aimed at boosting
North Carolina's voter turnout and making sure state
elections officials can produce an accurate count once
ballots are cast.