Source: WNCT

The North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant program has approved five new productions for North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper announced

“Combined, these productions are projected to generate a direct in-state spend of more than $107 million while creating 8,671 job opportunities including 650 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals,” WNCT reports.

Each of the productions have in place COVID-19 safety plans to ensure that those working on the projects are doing so safely.

“Our state’s film industry continues to welcome new projects from prominent production companies,” said Governor Roy Cooper in a press release. “The industry provides good jobs and opportunities for local businesses while showcasing on a big stage what North Carolina has to offer.”

North Carolina Film Office director Guy Gaster said that the state is poised to continue its history of film production in spite of the pandemic this year.

“2019 was a banner year for film and television production in North Carolina and despite some setbacks related to COVID-19, it looks like 2020 will also be a great year for the state’s industry,” Gaster said. “It is exciting to have these productions up and running and we may have even more before the end of the year.”

Read the full story from WNCT.

Ronnie Chatterji wants the job that nobody’s ever heard of

Excerpt: State Treasurer candidate Ronnie Chatterji joined UNC-TV to explain his positions and why he’s seeking the office.

Source: UNC-TV

In an interview with UNC-TV, Ronnie Chatterji explained his goals for seeking the office of North Carolina State Treasurer.

“I think it is the most important job that no one’s ever heard of,” Chatterji said of the State Treasurer role. “The Treasurer manages the $100 billion pension fund for our state employees and the state health plan which covers over 700,000 people in this state.”

Chatterji also argued that a wonk, or nerd as he describes himself, is best-suited for the job of managing state money. He says that the incumbent does not take into consideration external factors like climate change that could affect returns on the state’s investments.

“I think the state health plan is going in the wrong direction,” Chatterji says. The incumbent Dale Folwell’s plan would put state employees out of network, Chatterji said. “We need a fresh start.”

One priority should be expanding Medicaid, Chatterji said, which would help the finances of hospitals across the state. He added that money should be aligned with health care outcomes, not just fees for service. The state should look at the quality of care, not just the cost, he said.

Watch the full interview from UNC TV.