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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Cutting corners or cutting red tape in North Carolina public projects?

The N.C. state Senate appropriations committee has given preliminary approval in a 46- 3 vote to a bill that would exempt UNC campuses from the often protracted construction reviews performed by the Department of Insurance. Citing public interest, the Departments of Insurance and Administration oppose the legislation. The question is why? The projects are designed by licensed professionals, and built by qualified contractors. Public inspectors who regulate safety issues are ever-present, and must be satisfied. So, where costs are spiraling out of control and time is money, is the Insurance Department review redundant? At least 46 North Carolina senators think so.

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