Economic Incentives Panel Wields Power, But Public Left In Dark

Only five people are keeping an eye on one of the state's most lucrative incentives programs. And because there's little news about their work, critics are speaking up.

The public knows little about the state Economic Investment Committee, which has come under recent criticism for its lack of transparency in wielding power over millions of dollars in public money.

The money from the Job Development Investment Grant program returns a portion of new employee-withholding taxes to businesses. In return, the companies promised to add more than 20,000 jobs in North Carolina. That's according to the state Department of Commerce.