State Politics

NC agencies pay millions for contract work

NC hires hundreds of professionals every year on personal services contracts, sometimes at seemingly excessive rates to fill what are supposed to be temporary needs for more doctors, attorneys, engineers and the like. A legislative review has found that the contracts, which cost the state an average of $22 million a year over the past five years, have been so misused that they should be eliminated.

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Business

Low-wage employers often pass along costs to taxpayers

A home health care worker in Durham; a McDonald’s cashier in Chicago; a bank teller in New York; an adjunct professor in Mayfield, Ill. They are all evidence of an improving economy because they are working and not among the steadily declining ranks of the unemployed. Yet these same people also are on public assistance.

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