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Friday, July, 31 2015

Meanwhile, in HP…downtown ‘multipurpose stadium’

Boosters—led by former Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis— make the big pitch for a downtown “multipurpose sports stadium.” The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau stadium task force is still nailing down important details—such as the cost, the financing and exact location. CVB president Tim Mabe said “the overriding goal of the stadium is to […]

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A cheaper–but more expensive–Gboro performing arts center

N&R reports: Officials overseeing plans for downtown’s new performing arts center are mulling downgrades to the design to save money. A scaled-back lobby. A cheaper sound system. Fewer architectural details. But even then, the cost of building the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts still would go over budget. What jumps out at me […]

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Gboro civil rights museum’s ‘clean audit’

International Civil Rights Museum founder and chairman emeritus Skip Alston on the museum’s 2014 audit: “The bottom line is, it’s a clean audit.” As the N&R says in today’s editorial, “technically that’s true.” Technically. But the museum’s “hand-picked auditor” also points to the museum’s “mounting debt, near-empty cash reserves and record-keeping weaknesses.” So now it’s […]

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Trudy Wade through the N&O’s eyes

Just now stumbled across this big N&O profile of Sen. Trudy Wade. Surprisingly sympathetic write-up from the N&O, no supporter of HB 263 are they.

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Judge rules against Gboro council redistricting

N&R reports Judge Catherine Eagles has ruled in favor of the Greensboro City Council in its lawsuit challenging HB 263, the law redistricting the council: “It appears on the current record that the new statute deprives Greensboro voters, alone among municipal voters in the state, of the right to change the city’s municipal government by […]

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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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