Recent budget constraints and the \"private-is-better\" philosophy of the Reagan administration have prompted a vigorous debate on whether the public sector can deliver services to citizens as well as the private sector can.
North Carolina ranks last in the portion of credit insurance premiums used to pay off policy claims. Concerned industry officials are examining the ways in which the rate can be adjusted to bring North Carolina in line with the rest of the country.
Utility companies are diversifying into solar products, home insulation, even cable television. But, unlike other corporations, they have a state-awarded monopoly franchise for their principal product.
Regionalism is a tradition in North Carolina due to the state's three distinct regions: the coastal flatlands, the rolling Piedmont, and the western peaks. It remains to be seen whether regional approaches to planning and government can be successful in the long run.
S. Leigh Wilson has been executive director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities since 1969. The main purpose of the league is to develop a consensus for the views of municipal officials and then advocate their viewpoints. In an interview, Wilson discusses the most pressing problems for municipalities and how they are being addressed.
C. Ronald Aycock has been director of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners since 1977. The association works on behalf of counties before the General Assembly and executive-branch offices. In an interview, Aycock discusses the most pressing needs of state counties, issues in local governance, and state funds.
The basic services and amenities of life depend upon good leadership and execution in the local government. The North Carolina General Assembly organizes and directs how local governments deliver these basic services. This issue of Insight examines how state government in North Carolina addresses local government concerns.
The North Carolina Museum of Art has evolved from its humble beginnings to its new home, an impressive modern structure on Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. Now the question of future direction must be addressed.
Taxing cigarettes is a sensitive issue in North Carolina. Until 1969, NC was the only state that didn't use a cigarette tax as a source of revenue. The state now wrestles with this issue as revenue becomes more and more scarce while expenditures increase.