Three eye-catching and eye-popping numbers jumped out of the paper lately – numbers that truly tell a story.
990. That’s how many dollars an hour the latest expert is being paid to give us the latest “final” report on the UNC academic/athletics scandal. What would it cost UNC to just ask The News & Observer what its investigative reporters found? They seem to have turned up most of the facts, and they probably make less than $990 an hour.
$310,000. That’s what DHHS paid a consultant for less than 11 months of work. His assignment, of course, was to show the state how to save money.
132: That’s how many of the 170 seats in the General Assembly are regarded as certain to elect either a Democrat or Republican in November. That’s more than 77 percent. In other words, only one-fourth of the state’s voters get a choice.