September 2021

Medicaid Deal Will Benefit NC, Virginia

Greenville Reflector (Opinion) September 15, 2021 Thirty-eight states have tapped federal funds to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program that finances healthcare for the poor, elderly and low-income uninsured. While a bipartisan effort in Virginia has opened access to more than half a million residents lacking health insurance,...

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Model Train Display Features New CSX Hub

Rocky Mount Telegram September 10, 2021 When CSX launches its Carolina Connector in October, the 330-acre site is expected to boost the state’s logistics and supply-chain economy. But those eager for a glimpse into how the new intermodal terminal will facilitate North Carolina commerce can get one...

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Main Street Program Reports $4.08 Billion Since Inception

The Transylvania Times August 25, 2021 Capital is pouring into revitalizing small-town central business districts like downtown Brevard. The NC Commerce Department reports nearly $454 million in public and private investment arrived at communities participating in the state’s Main Street and Small Town Main Street programs in...

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The Billions Being Wasted in the Economic Development Subsidy Wars

Governing (Opinion) August 11, 2021 Economic development incentives amount to a zero-sum game wherein households and small businesses are the losers, according at the authors of a recent broadside published in the influential Governing magazine. Academic research finds that only one in eight “subsidies” changes a company’s location choice,...

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2020 Census and North Carolina’s Changing Demographics

Spectrum News August 13, 2021 The US Census Bureau has released its 2020 count, and North Carolina’s population has undergone significant changes. Spectrum News’ Tim Boyum talks to academic experts about what population trends mean for North Carolina, especially regarding political redistricting. “If you look at just the...

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