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Tuesday, June, 30 2015

Innovation district. Cool. What’s an innovation district?

Big Winston-Salem Journal front-pager on the challenges facing downtown’s Innovation Quarter: Its gradual shift from a research park to an innovation district in recent years has put Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on a path to developing a work, live, learn and play culture and community in Winston-Salem. This hub of activity on about 200 acres […]

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Carbon tax? Great idea.

Let’s count the ways —it will help the big energy companies, stunt economic growth, hurt the poor and –last but not least—have no positive impact on the environment. Other than that—says CJ’s Roy Cordato—it’s a great idea.

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Your SB 36 -HB 263 update

Vote on Sen. Trudy Wade’s bill restructuring the Greensboro City Council —now folded into Rep. Pat Hurley’s bill restructuring the Trinity City Council —is delayed again. N&R doesn’t like it, calling Wade’s bill the “Frankenstein bill”: Interesting turn here is political intrigue, as N&R gets hold of correspondence from Hurley —noting that the council has […]

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Obamacare ruling and North Carolina…

…According to Sen. Phil Berger: Berger said in a statement that “nothing has changed to address the multitude of concerns with Medicaid expansion. We cannot afford our current Medicaid system, much less an expanded one.” Meanwhile Gov. Pat McCory says “we must build a North Carolina-based reform plan that focuses on healthier patients at a […]

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Talking about you, Mayor Pro Tem

High Point Enterprise reports City Human Relations Director Al Heggins in May filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the City of High Point. While EEOC complaints can be broad —HPE explains people file complaints “to the federal government alleging discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, […]

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Questions Surround Guilford Strategic Plan

Many questions still surround Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green’s ambitious new strategic plan. One major question is exactly what the Board of Education’s role will be in implementing the plan.

Annexation Rules Could Generate Major Debates in 2009

Municipal annexation will take center stage during the General Assembly’s new session as the N.C. League of Municipalities deals with efforts to reform the state’s annexation laws put forth by property owners upset over paying city taxes for services they don’t need or want.

It's not easy being green

“Green” schools appear to be a growing trend in public education nationally and in North Carolina. But school systems are quickly finding out that green schools cost quite a bit of green money.

Greensboro facing 10 bond votes

Greensboro residents will have the opportunity to place a dollar value on culture and entertainment this fall. But they could be spending much more than the cost of the average ticket.

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An Alternative Budget: Response to the governor's proposed budget for the upcoming biennium

The John Locke Foundation is continuing its tradition, started in 1995, of offering an alternative to the governor’s budget recommendation. Consistent with prior years, this JLF budget focuses on core government. This budget spends less in both years of the biennium than the governor’s, and only increases spending by 2 percent from the last fiscal year.

By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

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