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What is the DEEP STATE?

Have you heard the term Deep State and wondered just what it is? Well I ran across a great link that will help you understand. The site is American Intelligence Media

and the specific link to the deep state info is

DEEP STATE – SHADOW GOVERNMENT REVEALED: SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE

While you are there checkout other links on the site.

Lots of information linked to official source documents so you know your getting the facts but do your own research.

Enjoy!

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Your CCTA in Action

TRUMP Report Card
by Constance Hanna
conniehanna131@gmail.com

President Trump will be taking a different path to accomplish the rebuilding of our infrastructure. Every such plan that has come before has ended up being a federal boondoggle. The previous administration spent nearly one trillion dollars of our tax money, and practically nothing was accomplished. This week, President Trump released his plan based on six principles. First, $200 billion dollars of federal funds will be spent to spur at least $1.5 trillion dollars in infrastructure investments with partners at the state, local, tribal, and private level. Second, new investments will be made in rural America which has been left behind for too long. Third, decision making authority will be returned to state and local governments. Fourth, regulatory barriers that needlessly get in the way of infrastructure projects will be removed. Fifth, permitting for infrastructure projects will be streamlined and shortened. Sixth, America’s workforce will be supported and strengthened.
President Trump said, “Every dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, when appropriate, tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit.”

Like last week’s budget bill, this one is hard to grade. Our infrastructure is decaying, and this is an intelligent way to approach fixing it, but we are in debt. I’ll give it a “B.” However, we need to figure out how to reduce our debt, Mr. President.
As every crazy, evil person in the United States knows, the children and teens in American schools are unprotected, soft, soft targets. These gun free, killing zones are almost irresistible to a certain mindset.

What can we do to protect students, teachers, and administrators?
Hire an armed guard for every school?

No. Every school shooting spree would just start with the unprovoked murder of the armed guard.
Japan did not invade the USA during World War II because they knew Americans had guns. They didn’t know how many Americans had how many guns or where they were, and that was the deterrent that kept them out.

President Trump’s tax reform plan continues to bring good news.
More than 350 companies have announced their intention to invest more than $150 billion dollars at home, and $4.2 billion dollars in bonuses have been paid to more than 4 million U.S. workers.
Congressional lawmakers are working to pass a new law to make the bonuses tax free. In honor of the minority leader, it will be called “The Crumbs Act.” Don’t you just love that?  In addition, dozens of American utility companies have announced that they will reduce rates due to the tax reform.

Thank you, Mr. President. Another promise kept! We’re firmly back in “A+” territory.

The President’s immigration policies are also producing results. Enforcement data show that last year 90% of all arrested illegal aliens had criminal convictions, or had been charged and were wanted. Naysayers are claiming that ICE agents are targeting “innocent” illegal aliens when statistics prove that just a little over 10% had no convictions or charges. However, convictions or not, since they entered the country illegally, how can they be called “innocent?” Another “A+.”

Some cities and states are making it easier for ICE agents. As one journalist put it, “Sanctuary cities are shopping malls for ICE!” Isn’t it kind of them to provide a target rich environment? Very efficient!

There are bound to be people on the teaching and administrative staffs of the schools in our communities who have concealed carry permits. Why not change the law to allow those folks to carry in schools? In fact, if they agree to carry while in school, why not give them free access to law enforcement shooting ranges? Why not give them 30 free rounds each month to use for practice?
Here’s another idea. Organizations like the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA) might want to give scholarships to pay for advanced gun skills courses that any school teacher or administrator wanted to take.

CCTA held “Committee of the Whole” meeting
by Hal James, CCTA Chairman hal@cctaxpayers.com

Members of The Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association (CCTA) held a rare “Committee of the Whole” meeting this month to determine what issues CCTA wants to undertake to study and emphasize in our effort to influence public opinion and government actions at the local, state, and national levels. Considering that all members subscribe to our mission statement and the objectives stated in our By- Laws, it is not surprising that there was a lot of mutual agreement on what topics we want to work on.

What was a little surprising is that the first subject broached was the importance of the 2018 elections. How can a non-partisan organization participate in the election? To us, non-partisan means not participating on behalf of any political party. Party affiliation gives some hint of whether a candidate is fiscally conservative, socially liberal, and the like, or not, but is just a clue (barely). The word, “RINO,” wasn’t invented out of thin air. Therefore, much research is needed to determine how the candidate is likely to vote if elected. It’s very helpful if they have a track record of votes while in some public office to examine. As a group, we try to uncover that information, and as individuals, our members are free to work on individual campaigns. Many of us do, and we typically choose to work for Constitutionally conservative candidates. We’d love to see more candidates like that step forward; they’re needed. Finally, CCTA intends to hold elected officials accountable for how they vote by making
such courses might also want to offer free, or reduced cost, courses to teachers and administrators.  “Gun Free Zone” signs could be replaced with “Protected by Concealed Carry” signs.

Imagine a program like that had been going on in our eastern North Carolina schools for several years, and ask yourself what a school zone would look like to a crazy, evil mind then. Would he or she see it as a place to shoot so many gold fish in a bowl? A place where one is certain to be able to shoot students and staff with impunity for a number of minutes unchecked?
No! Now things will have dramatically altered. Thesure the word gets out. If you call yourself a “conservative” and vote for every spending opportunity you’re given, we will get the word out. Conversely, if you consistently vote as you promised us you would, we make sure that word gets out, too.

The next subject to come up was the plight of our NC Commercial Fishermen. We wholeheartedly support them. (Stay tuned, the NC Fisheries Association is planning a “Lobby Day” in May. Go to ncfish.org and sign up for weekly updates to keep up with the latest.)
Our National Security Committee takes great interest in NC House Bill 75 which clearly states how child molesters will be treated and includes punishment for the female genital mutilation practiced by some followers of Islam. The Committee and CCTA as a whole is also concerned about other practices of the followers of Islam which are incompatible with the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and our belief that all citizens are equal under the law. This includes, but is not limited to, practicing Jihad and Sharia law.

We can protect our schools
by Raynor James raynor@cctaxpayers.com

CCTA members agree that the battle to win back our school systems, to put God back in schools, to teach patriotism, conservatism, respect for a free economy, self-reliance, and to finally get Common Core out of our schools is far from over!
Included in respect for a free economy is the effort to rid our state of the scourge of the “Certificate of Need”
regulations that strangle our medical facilities and give unfair monopolies to big medical practices and hospitals, resulting in rural
thought process will have changed so that it runs to questions like, “Can that petite, blond woman be carrying a revolver in her cross-body bag?” “Does the coach have a firearm in his gym bag?” “Is any of the office staff armed?”  If we carry out this scenario, I am confident that crazy, evil people will go elsewhere; they will not be killing children, teachers, or administrators in our schools.

So what’s it to be? Are we going to sit around and knash our teeth? Are we going to listen to the whining regressives’ drivel about gun control? (Or, worse yet, act on that idiocy?) Or are we going to be responsible adults who step up to the plate and We can protect our schools
by Raynor James raynor@cctaxpayers.com

 

RESOLUTION

OPPOSING ANY CHANGE

IN THE DEFINITION OF A COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATION

WHEREAS, commercial fishing is a vital part of North Carolina’s history, heritage, and culture and represents a crucial component of the economy for Dare County and other coastal communities; and

WHEREAS, according to the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, the sales impact of the harvesting and sale of commercial secl.food is $388,325,000 and the income impact of employed commercial fishermen is $166,066;000; and

WHEREAS, the definition of what constitutes commercial fishing in North Carolina has been determined by th-e General Assembly and has long been established in section 113-168 of North Carolina’s General Statutes; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) is now unde1taking an action to consider changes in the definition of a commercial :fisherman; and

WHEREAS, among the items that the MFC proposes to consider is a requirement that those holding Commercial Fishing licenses must have 50 percentoftheir earned income- from                  the  Trip Ticket Program, genetate 36 Trip Tickets per year, and require those who do not have Trip

Tickets to show proof of $10,000 or more income per year; arid

WHEREAS, no other professional license issued by the State dictates a percentage of income or rhim.mumincome requ:irnment or level of participation in order to qualify; and ,

WHEREAS, the requirements that are being considered by MFC, or any other adverse change they may propose to the definition of Commercial Fishing, would have aha1mful effect on many

of the hard working North Carolinians who now engage in commercial ffshing and already suffer because of government ovenegulation that imposes severe quotas and unnecessary restrictions on fishing seasons, limits, and gear forcing many to talce on additional.jobs and engage in pait­ time businesses in order to responsibly support their families; and

WHEREAS, this latest attempt to redefine commercial fishing is not the first time that the Marine Fisheries Commission haslooked at this matter; and

WHEREAS, over seven years ago, in October of 2010, the Marine Fisheries Commission empaneled a Fishing License Review Taskforce, which examined in detail the requirements for hold.mg a commercial fishing license and concluded that the definition contained in the General

Statutes was adequate and therefore there was no real need to modify the definition of what constitutes a commercial fishe1man;. and

WHEREAS, furthermore, the Final Report from the Fishing License Review Taskforce clearly stated its recommendation that ”no changes are needed to the existing definition.”NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners supports the definition of commercial fishing that has been determined by the duly elected members of the North Carolina General Assembly and reflected in the North Carolina General Statutes.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Craven County Board of Commissioners strongly opposes the unnecessary effort that is now underway by the Marine Fisheries Commission to reexamine the definition of commercial fishing, and urges all coastal communities to adopt similar resolutions, and encourages all residents to vigorously voice their concerns about the latest attempt by the Marine Fisheries Commission to once again redefine commercial fishing.

Adopted this the 5th day of February, 2018.

ATTEST:

Thomas F. Mark, Chairman

Gwendolyn M. Bryant, Clerk to the Board

What is a “Commercial Fisherman?”  

WATCHDOG REPORT
One would think a commercial fisherman is someone who goes out in a boat with the intent to catch enough fish to earn a profit by selling them to people who would like to eat them, or by selling them at wholesale prices to a “fish house” which would then sell them to the folks to eat, right?
Well, not so fast! Apparently, bureaucrats (you know, those unelected bossy folks who think they know better than everyone else) working for the North Carolina government need a much finer definition of what constitutes a “commercial fisherman” in order to properly over-regulate them.
Defining the term “Commercial Fisherman” was the subject of a recent meeting of a North Carolina Fisheries Commission committee held in Morehead City. Some of the brilliant suggestions they came up with follow.
Perhaps they are commercial fishermen if 50% of their earnings come from fishing. (Now that one is wonderful. If a fisherman lucks out and finds something that pays a little bit more than commercial fishing during the time they’re not fishing, they have to tell some bureaucrat about it, and suddenly they’re not commercial fishermen anymore? Just what makes a fisherman’s non-fishing time the business of the bureaucrat anyway?)
Perhaps they are commercial fishermen if they have three dozen trip tickets per year. (Lord! Do these folks have to ask the government’s permission to go fishing? And get a “trip ticket” before they leave the dock? Isn’t this taking the game of “Mother-May-I” way too far?)
Perhaps they are commercial fishermen if they can provide bureaucrats with proof they have paid crew members an income of $10,000 or more per year. (Why is this any business of the bureaucrats? What if the fisherman goes out and doesn’t catch any fish? What if he or she decides to lay low awhile and try again when the season changes; can not paying crew enough money one year cause them to lose their license to fish???)
The rest of the suggestions these unelected bureaucrats came up with in Morehead City seem equally ludicrous to me. What’s worse, they seem designed to cause fishermen to lose their commercial fishing licensesIt actually looks like a campaign designed for the sole purpose of prizing the licenses away. What kind of government runs its entrepreneurs out of business?
To better understand this horror story, take a look at Michelle Malkin‘s recent video on the over-regulation of commercial fisherman. It appeared on CRTV recently, and you can find it at https://www.crtv.com/video/s2e11-preview–fishing-wars–drowning-in-regulations.
In addition, to get an even better understanding of what our North Carolina commercial fishermen are dealing with, listen to CCTA’s “Wake-Up Call” this Sunday (fm 107.1 at 11 a.m. with a replay at 8 p.m.). Jerry Schill is on the program with Rick and our panel, and the whole show deals with the situation. Jerry has been with the North Carolina Fisheries Association for years, formerly as its President, and currently as its Director of Government Relations, and man does he know his subject!
Plus, to keep up with all the (unfortunately) continuing drama, go to www.ncfish.org and request to be on the list to get urgent updates.
Respectfully submitted,
Hal James
CCTA Watchdog Committee Chairman

WORK FORCE NON-DEVELOPMENT?

WATCHDOG REPORT
January 22, 2018
Tammy Childers, Executive Director, Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, recently presented an update on the Board’s activities to the Craven County Commissioners.
Among other things in her introduction, Ms. Childers stated that she was tasked to measure the success of the Board.  That was the last time she mentioned anything about successes.
What she did say is that Eastern Carolina workforce Development has an annual budget of $5.6 million dollars and a full time work force of five (5) employees!  She also gave a lot of demographic data you can find many other places at much less cost.  She discussed the “STEM” programs in the community colleges and high schools in glowing terms, as if that Board had invented it.  However, she said ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAMS!  She provided no data on the number of jobs the people they have “assisted” have gained.  In fact, she acknowledged the lower than state averages of employment for their “service” area.
Commissioner Liner pointed out that she had not provided any such data, and I thought to myself, “PLEASE, GEORGE, HIT THAT HARD!”  Sadly, he dropped the subject after a short remark.  What a shame.  Commissioner Jones asked, “Why is unemployment increasing?”  If he got a straight answer, I did not hear it.
Judging from their funding of boards such as this one, the Craven County Board of Commissioners seems hell bent on providing us with a big, expensive, unproductive government!
Respectfully submitted,
Hal James
CCTA Watchdog Committee Chairman

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE – January 16

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE

January 16, 2017

Introduction of 2018 officers
and VISION for 2018

UPDATE! – Election Irregularities in NC

Major David Goetze (pronounced gets) will give an update on his efforts to expose possible voter fraud and his attempts to reconcile the anomalies he discovered in the 2016 election results data he found on the State Board of Elections website. Efforts to expose voter fraud are ongoing in many states across the country and Major Dave will share what he has learned. An example of the impact that voter fraud could have can be easily understood from the following example:

At  a recent Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Elections meeting, a presentation was given by Mrs. Kim Strach, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, on the recent local/municipal elections just concluded.

The most significant data revealed was that in those local elections, 109 contest across the state were decided by 10 or fewer votes. 59 of those were decided by 5 or less. A few were decided by only one vote, which raised the issue of the statutory requirement for margins of victory to be within a small percentage in order to trigger a recount. Even that one vote is not sufficient under that statute in some small localities that have a low turnout of less than 100 people to meet even a 1% threshold, so the SBoE is asking the Committee to consider a change to the current statute to address this.

Your Participation in the process is essential. Please come and learn how you can make a difference!

Bulletin: Business Meeting Change

The January 8th business meeting will be held tonight at Moore’s BBQ at 6:00 pm due to road conditions.

meeting, November 20, 2017, More Personnel, Government Spending on Boondoggles

My last report contained the good news that a staff request to apply for a grant to fund hiring a new staff member for CARTS was  denied!  The vote actually was a non-partisan NO!  Five No, Commissioner Sampson voted Yes and Commissioner McCabe’s vote was not audible.

Well, at the first meeting his month, STAFF SAW TO IT THAT THE Commissioners would not get confused by a citizen bringing negative aspects of their plans to light. They called a “work session” at which citizens were not allowed to speak before the regularly scheduled Board Meeting at which citizens could speak.

At this special “work session” the Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of two new staff members.   NEVER A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHERE SOME BELT TIGHTENING COULD BE DONE SO THAT HIRING OF NEW STAFF MEMBERS WOULD NOT EVENTUALLY RESULT IN MORE SPENDING BY THE COUNTY!

The authority to hire was taken up in two different motions.  The Commissioners voted:  Tom Mark-Yes to both, Scott Dacey-Yes to both, Theron McCabe- Yes to both, Johnnie Sampson- Yes to both, Jason Jones-Yes to both, George Liner-Yes to both, Steve Tyson-Yes to both.

Now, I don’t want to be misunderstood.   I did not indicate that CCTA objects to the two positions, but the manner in which the hiring authority was considered and approved without the opportunity for public comment and with no discussion of reduction in spending elsewhere to accommodate this increase in personnel.

Here is my account of something else that happened:  One Monday, November 6, I got a call from John Droz, a physicist who lives in Morehead City.  John said he’d seen Craven County Commissioner, Scott Dacey, at a tea party meeting in Carteret County, and Scott was excited to tell him that the Craven County ordinance that regulates industrial wind turbines is being re-written and that the new ordinance would be much better and more like the ordinance passed in Carteret. Commissioner Dacey subsequently emailed John a copy of what he thought at the time was a copy of the new proposed ordinance.

Initially, John Droz was pleased, but when he looked at the “new” wind law, he concluded it was “not materially different from the existing one.” John has developed a system to evaluate wind turbine laws and whether they protect the health, safety, and welfare of citizens.  He assigns 20 points to each of five areas of concern, so a perfect law would get 100 points.

The areas John looks at are setbacks, acoustics, property value protection, environmental concerns, and decommissioning requirements.  Setbacks and acoustics are particularly important to citizens’ health and property values concerns.

When John looked at Craven’s ordinance, he gave it 15 points for the decommissioning aspects of it and zero points for anything else.  That’s 15 points out of a possible 100 points.  He said, “Out of the 200 (plus or minus) U.S. local wind laws I’ve seen, this is one of the worst.”  By way of comparison, he gave Carteret’s ordinance 100 points.

It turns out that Commissioner Dacey mistakenly sent John a copy of the existing ordinance.

At the Craven Commissioners’ work session the proposed wind ordinance was discussed and was actually compared to the current Carteret ordinance.  At one point, a participant in the discussion said that it is obvious that the objective of the Carteret ordinance is to prevent wind turbines from being built.  A discussion of a moratorium came up and was briefly discussed.  No action was taken.

AT today’s Board meeting County manager, Jack Viet said that the process to affect a moratorium would take  several months and that changes to the ordinance could be done just as quickly and that staff would work on it.

The Board also approved a request from the ABC Board to purchase a parcel of land on which to build a new ABC store for Bridgeton.  The important thing about that is that heretofore the ABC Board has rented buildings or shopping center space to house their stores.  When this subject came up a prior meeting, Commissioner Tyson pointed that out and said he would rather the government rent from the private sector than to spend taxpayer money expanding government holdings.  After the meeting I asked Commissioner Tyson why he had changed his mind and he said he honestly did not know.

Today’s meeting was a continuation of freely spending taxpayer money on boondoggles without open discussion.  An Example:

REQUEST FROM VETERANS EMPLOYMENT BASE CAMP AND ORGANIC GARDENING: The Executive Director of  a “non-profit” organization named “Veteran’s Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden” requested the Commissioner’s support for it’s grant application for the “City Farmers Market Center Project.”    With glowing talk about the great things they are going to do for veterans and the Duffyfield section of New Bern, no mention was made of the amount of taxpayer money to be spent and in what manner.  Nor that the ultimate goal is to replace the present farmer’s market that is privately run with a government/non-profit conglomerate that really knows how to spend taxpayer money on boondoggles.   NO MENTION OF THE GRANT AMOUNT OF $400,000 that is to be applied for, nor the City of New Bern’s grant of $1.5 MILLION to develop the site.  Pretty soon these grants are going to amount to real money!  Wonder what the director’s job of this Non-profit pays?

Anyway, this request was approved.  I believe I heard one mumbled Nay.

Respectfully submitted,

 Hal

Hal James

CCTA Watchdog Committee Chairman

This Week’s TRUMP REPORT CARD by Constance Hanna Conniehanna131@gmail.com

This article appeared in The County Compass September 14-20 issue.
     The President plans to visit as many as 13 states in the next seven weeks to sell the need for tax reform.  He will concentrate on states he won during the general election that have a Democrat senator up for reelection next year.  These include Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  In some instances, cabinet members will follow the President’s visit to amplify his message.  This is a proactive strategy to energize voters to contact their representatives and senators and let their preferences be known.  Good luck, Mr. President!
     This week the President announced his seventh wave of Federal Judicial Appointments.  He nominated 16 individuals this time.  The Democrats continue to slow the appointments by using the full 30 hours of debate allowed for each nomination.  By mid-July each of the four previous administrations (Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama) had an average number of 190 appointments confirmed.  For President Trump, that number was 50.  In August, James Langford (R-OK) proposed reducing the debate time to 8 hours or less which would allow a debate and a vote on five or more appointments a week instead of one or two.
So far, this has not come to fruition.
     President Trump hosted Senators for a bipartisan dinner at the White House on Tuesday, September 12th.  Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Thune (R-SD), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) discussed advancing the Administration’s legislative priorities in general, and there was emphasis on tax cuts for American families in particular.  Michael Goodwin of The New York Post said that, although there is no guarantee for success, “History consistently rewards those presidents whose leadership produces results that reflect a broad consent of the governed.”
     Reflecting this same thought, President Trump said on Thursday, “When we set aside our differences — and it’s amazing sometimes how little our differences are — we put our country and the citizens of our country first.”
     I’d say the President had another “A” week, but it’s a good thing I’m not rating the Senate.  They’re not earning high marks, but maybe they’ll respond well to a shared dinner and shared ideas.  And maybe we should call them?!!

Protectionist CON laws and you, the unprotected by Dr. Jay Singleton

Protectionist CON laws and you, the unprotected

by Dr. Jay Singleton


Dr. Singleton is Board Certified in Ophthalmology (scoring in the 95th percentile), and he specializes in cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery, Lasik surgery, glaucoma surgery, blepharoplasty, and treatment of diseases of the eye.  He has performed over 20,000 cataract surgeries. His medical practice is located on Trent Road in New Bern, North Carolina.
 

Dr. Singleton has worked for some time to try to convince the NC General Assembly to eliminate Certificate of Need (CON) laws, and the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association’s State Legislative Action Committee is also working toward that end.

 

I see patients from all over Eastern NC.  Many of these patients have just moved here from northern states.  When it comes time for surgery, they almost invariably say, “Why can’t you just do my cataract surgery here in your office?  Where I’m from, there are outpatient surgery centers everywhere.”

My answer is always the same, “In NC, a mutually beneficial deal has been struck between the large hospitals’ systems and many of our lawmakers to push patients toward higher priced, hospital owned surgery centers.”

The instrument they use to do this is a group of laws called the Certificate of Need laws (CON laws).  These laws were enacted by the federal government in the early 1970s to control costs in healthcare by preventing duplication of services.  By 1987, CON laws were abandoned because they did not achieve their intended purposes.  Unfortunately, North Carolina kept their very strict form of CON laws that even today rank as the third most restrictive in the continental US.  This means that nearly all healthcare services are regulated by the DHHS, and a healthcare entity must prove a need exists in their county or region.

This is where it gets interesting.  For surgery centers to survive, they must collect a separate fee from insurance companies called a facility fee.  This fee is paid in addition to surgical fees to offset the overhead costs of a particular surgery.  You must have a CON in NC to collect this fee, and you must prove need, and be unopposed by the hospital system in your region to acquire a CON.

 

For example, without a facility fee in cataract surgery, a surgeon would make $580 and incur $800 in overhead.  In addition, facility fees are variable.  Hospitals are given two to three times more fees for the same surgery as a hidden subsidy for loses incurred from the care of uninsured patients (as if being completely tax exempt isn’t enough to off-set that).

 

In assessing need, the cards are intentionally stacked in favor of hospitals.  If one looks at the CONs awarded over the last decade, almost all were awarded to hospitals except those granted to dialysis centers.  Each year, the NC State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) provides a list of “need per region,” and despite our state recently growing to over 9 million residents, the list still showed no increase in need.

If a physician is somehow able to prove need in his or her area in spite of that situation, the friendly local hospital can oppose the project and that runs legal fees up to, on average, something in excess of $400,000.

CON laws are protectionist (of hospitals at the expense of physicians and their patients who could be served more conveniently and at less expense).  CON laws are also unconstitutional at their core.  Yet the laws’ unfairness and unconstitutionality are flaunted in plain sight.  Our state will continue to cling to its special brand of CON laws as long as we keep looking the other way.  Keeping silent on the subject will not make them go away; only citizens actively expressing their displeasure to their representatives in the General Assembly can make a difference.

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