Opinion roundup: June 8, 2016

Posted June 8

Coal ash struggle may turn into an eternal circle (Fayetteville Observer) -- Stop us if you've heard this one: The legislature creates a coal-ash management commission. The governor fights it. The state Supreme Court overturns it, because the governor is right: It's his job to appoint people to commissions. So the General Assembly passes another coal-ash commission bill. The governor vetoes it. Lawmakers are talking about an override vote. If they do, it's back to court. Will this go in circles forever? Or will we get some oversight that works?

Exposing Trump (Greensboro News & Record) -- A president can’t “make America great again” if he doesn’t understand its core values.

Senate budget is about ideology and re-election (Fayetteville Observer) - -There are some good things in the budget that the state Senate passed last week, things that nobody should argue about, although some will.

Focus on helping teachers, not some jerry-built system (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- Yet another wrinkle coming from the State Legislature to “fix the public school problem” would do well should a hot iron be rolled over it, sooner rather than later. The wrinkle, more like a crease, is House Bill 1080, which passed the House last week in a 60-49 vote.

Don’t make N.C. taxpayers pay to outsource tech jobs (Charlotte Observer) -- Demand for foreign tech workers rising in Charlotte; State law doesn’t bar firms from hiring foreigners in taxpayer-subsided jobs; Legislature should limit or stop firms’ ability to hire visa holders in state-incentivized jobs

RON DAVIS: Why do we need federal regulations? (Hendersonville Times-News) -- Government regulations kept me fully occupied during several years of my legal career. And no doubt some regulations are a drag on the economy, some do not produce results, and some have outlived their usefulness. But I could say the same thing about many members of Congress. … Taking a chainsaw to regulations, crippling the EPA and vesting environmental enforcement in the states may be popular with many Republicans, but in my opinion such proposals are irresponsible and dangerously reckless.

Medicaid reform package lacks a key provision (Fayetteville Observer) -- With great fanfare, state officials signed and sent to Washington a revamped state Medicaid plan that makes sweeping changes in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled.