Capital Tonight episodes

Capital Tonight April 23: Commerce Secretary John Skvarla

captonight4232015On Capital Tonight: Commerce Secretary John Skvarla says the battle of economic incentives is hurting North Carolina’s efforts at job recruitment; and Democratic candidate for governor Ken Spaulding talks about his campaign. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight April 22: Decriminalizing NC

cap_tonight1On Capital Tonight: Does North Carolina have too many laws on the book, and is it actually hurting job recruitment? A new study from the Manhattan Institute says yes. We talk with the study’s authors about the implications. Our Advocates Francis DeLuca and Kevin Rogers take on some of the bills floating around as the cross-over deadline nears. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight April 21: Rep. John Bell

johnbell1On Capital Tonight: Rep. John Bell, the House Majority Whip, talks about his job in the Republican legislative leadership. Our Insiders Chad Adams and Morgan Jackson look at how losing the Volvo plant could hurt North Carolina in our Insiders segment. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight April 20: Kansas Taxation and Budgeting

cap_tonight_0420On Capital Tonight: The state of Kansas has been sort of a laboratory for conservative ideas about taxation and budgeting. But did those tax and budget cuts go too far, and could we see that here in North Carolina? We talk with Duane Goosen, former Kansas state budget director, and Annie McKay, director of Kansas Center for Economic Growth. Erik Spanberg and Lynn Bonner join our Reporter Roundtable. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight April 17: Christopher Chung

captonight41715On Capital Tonight: A new public-private partnership is charged with marketing North Carolina to companies for economic development. We talk with Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of NC, about his new role. Senior Political Reporter Loretta Boniti takes a look back at a hectic week of bills flying around On Jones Street. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight April 16: State Labor Death Reports

ctonight1-1On Capital Tonight: The state Labor Department reports labor deaths each year. But a report by the News & Observer of Raleigh says we may not be getting the full picture on labor deaths. We talk with Mandy Locke of the News & Observer of Raleigh. Reps. Charles Jeter and Duane Hall discuss a proposal to make judicial race partisan again in our Lawmakers segment. Watch the segment here.


We invited Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry to address this issue, but she was unable to attend. She sent us this statement:


I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight

As my staff explained to Mandy in a lengthy meeting, our fatality figures come from those cases that we have the legal authority to inspect. The federal figures include cases outside of our jurisdiction. These include most traffic accidents, homicides and suicides that are investigated by law enforcement agencies and fatalities investigated by federal OSHA as well as exemptions such as on farms with 10 or fewer employees. Both reports are included on our website. In fact, we update our report monthly on our website.

If the department was reporting figures just to make us look good, we would have reported the federal figures last year. Mandy failed to share the lede in last year’s news release that stated fatalities had increased. If we had reported the federal figures, we would have reported a drop from 146 to 104. The year before I took office, the number of fatalities in the federal report stood at 234.

Another importance of using state figures is to identify patterns and trends to target our outreach, education and training, and inspections sooner than if we waited for the federal fatality figures, which are released around nine months into the year for the previous year. The federal figures are also reported in broad categories and are not specifically broken down to the types of accidents in each industry or to particular counties for us to use for targeting purposes. For instance, last year the department worked with private industry to create public service announcements on falls and struck-by incidents in construction after seeing increased numbers in these types of accidents in our figures.

Regarding the OSH Advisory Council, budgetary constraints prevented formal face-to-face meetings. The department has communicated quarterly with council members through email and PowerPoint presentations that are sent more frequently and timely than two meetings a year. I welcome their comments and advice. In addition, I frequently travel the state and receive advice from safety directors, employers and employees like at the safety awards banquet I’m attending today.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain.

Capital Tonight April 15: Tax Reform in NC

cap_tonight_0416On Capital Tonight: It’s Tax Day and we take a look at how tax reform has affects North Carolina with our Advocates Rob Schofield and Becki Gray. Dr. Tom White, president of the NC Academy of Family Physicians talks about how primary health care can help lower costs for Medicaid. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight April 14: State Auditor Beth Wood

ncct_041415On Capital Tonight: State Auditor Beth Wood explains her recent audit into the finances of the Department of Health and Human Services. Our Insiders join Shawn Flynn to look at the presidential primary fields. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight April 13: Forward Together Movement

ct41315On Capital Tonight: The Forward Together Movement returns to the General Assembly this week. We talk with NC NAACP president Rev. William Barber and Democracy NC director Bob Hall about their agenda for the legislative long session. Gary Robertson of the Associated Press and Jeff Tiberii of WUNC join the Reporter Roundtable. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight April 10: Sen. Thom Tillis

thom_tillis1On Capital Tonight: Sen. Thom Tillis visits VA facilities on a fact-finding tour and talks with Senior Political Reporter Loretta Boniti about what he’s learned and more. Larry Shaheen and Dan McCorkle debate Gov. Pat McCrory’s approval numbers as the Bow Tie Caucus convenes. Watch the program here.