Our report on Sunday detailing a program that forced quicker decisions on environmental permits for developers shed new light on the controversies surrounding former Gov. Mike Easley.
Easley said in a speech several years ago that he created the program. And a longtime friend to Easley, builder Nick Garrett, says he and a partner, Lanny Wilson, were among those who had an audience with Easley to push for the program. Their push came while they were also giving campaign contributions, according to Garrett.
A transcript of a key exchange about the issue is included with the report (see it on the right side of the screen.)