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Good news for employers scrambling to prepare their first set of Affordable Care Act-required health coverage information returns in time for the IRS’s deadlines! The February 1st deadline for giving information to employees and the February 28th and Marc...Read on...
In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in King v. Burwell, upheld the lawfulness of the way the Affordable Care Act works in North Carolina and the 33 other states where the federal government, rather than the state, runs the health insurance exchanges.Read on...
Citizens academies are educational programs conducted by local governments to create better informed and engaged citizens. These programs involve ordinary citizens participating in several sessions taught by local government officials.
Should applicants to citizens academies be subjected to some kind of background check before being allowed to participate?
Today’s political environment is intensely polarized along partisan lines.
Civility is critical for sustaining the democratic principle that we are all entitled to hold and express our opinions.
More can be done to bring people into the civic conversation. It's good for governments, communities and our civic process.
Countering the public's cynicism and mistrust starts with honest, open communication.
Transylvania County hired a recent MPA grad to its county administration team through the NCACC's County Management Fellowship Program. Jonathan Griffin began work with the county Sept. 6.
Griffin just earned a Master of Public Administration degree fr...Read on...
Glen Webb, Immediate Past President of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners and a Pitt County Commissioner, was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory on Aug. 12 to serve on his Crime Commission. The term begins immediately and expires Feb. 28, 2019.
Glen Webb, Immediate Past President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and Pitt County Commissioner, was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve on his Crime Commission effective Aug. 12. The term begins immediately and expires F...Read on...
New grant process makes application submission easier
We should be looking at public-private partnerships for the full range of infrastructure, not just mega-projects, says Michael Likosky.
Whether one is an official aspiring for the best deal for the taxpayers or a vendor trying to decide whether to invest millions of dollars in a P3 bid, there are principles that can provide guideposts.
North Carolina property tax law contains more than 60 full or partial exemptions for property. A number of these exemptions are aimed at property that might be part of a local government’s community economic development plans.Read on...
This 18-month, multi-faceted plan was a joint effort between the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Bertie County community members.
SL 2014-18 authorizes the N.C. Department of Commerce to enter into a contract with a nonprofit entity in order to carry out many of the Department's economic development recruiting and marketing functions for the state.
Public-private partnerships are still relatively new for most U.S. states, but analysts anticipate they will become more common.
Instead of trying to lure big companies with tax incentives, more and more places are trying to increase the number of local businesses to boost their economies.
Hillsborough County, Fla., is investing $1 million over two years to create an apprenticeship program that officials hope will spur some parents and students to rethink their career plans.
In North Carolina, there are only 5,700 active apprentices in 2013. In contrast, apprenticeship programs in some European countries have been on the rise and are considered a fundamental component of their worker training system.
News outlets regularly report about the latest company lured to North Carolina by a cash economic development incentives from local government and the state. Local government incentives often take the form of an annual payment based on several conditions.
Many local governments use cash incentives to attract business but there is no specific statute that grants this authority, only an implied authority in GS 158-7.1(a). What happens if the NC Supreme Court is reluctant to agree with this implied authority?
A town’s economic development director has proposed two ED expenditures for town council to consider. She asserts that no public hearing is required for either of these expenditures. The town attorney says a public hearing is needed for both. Who's right?
Perhaps few topics can start a verbal clash more than the debate over government size and the economy.
Is boosting the economic growth rate one of the keys to solving many of the state's problems?
Tonald Drump, a national real estate tycoon, is interested in developing an area in Frugal Village, NC. His proposal includes mixed-use residential and commercial development, located just outside downtown.
Elections are over, TV ads are back to normal, and mail boxes are no longer full of campaign flyers. Among the duties required of newly elected and reelected local government officials is that they participate in mandatory ethics training.
NCACC President Glen Webb led a contingent of county officials from across North Carolina who met with Audrey Rowe, the Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23.
The delegation discussed North Carolina’s efforts at improving its rate for processing FNS applications. North Carolina county departments of social services are responsible for processing FNS applications, but many counties are struggling to meet federal...Read on...
People in remote areas have long lacked access to mental health services. The movement to fix that is showing signs of life.
Diverting low-level, nonviolent offenders into treatment saves millions of dollars and makes our streets safer.
Across the country, a critical shortage of state psychiatric beds is forcing mentally ill patients with severe symptoms to be held in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for a bed, sometimes for weeks.
A new comprehensive health care center will provide 24-hour mental health and addiction urgent care, outpatient behavioral health treatment and beds for people in crisis.
A shift in thinking on mental health led to a dramatic drop in youth incarcerations.
New Hanover County will expand its options for substance abuse treatment by funding a new treatment center that's designed to keep addicts from going to jail or to the emergency room.
A task force on mental health and substance abuse, meeting under Gov. Pat McCrory’s direction, is looking at the intersection of drug addiction, mental illness and incarceration. The goal is to get policies, and money, directed toward improved care.Read on...
Wellness organizations in eastern NC have launched a pilot program with two screening kiosks in Hyde and Dare counties to help people identify behavioral issues and connect with resources.
Patients with mental illness are being detained in emergency rooms, often for weeks at a time. Now some states are rethinking the entire psychiatric care system.
Edgecombe County is gearing up to offer innovative mental health services, including having psychologists on hand at health clinics.
The U.S. is grappling with a severe shortage of mental health professionals. But the situation is particularly dire for some minority communities, where barriers of language and culture can make it hard to seek and get help.
Duluth, Minn., and St. Louis County held a first-of-its kind Crisis Intervention Team training that is confronting the local mental health crisis with education.
Smoky Mountain LME/MCO regional center opens opportunity for new facility-based crisis center for children and youth.