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Saturday, August, 23 2014

Two views on voucher ruling

As you’ve probably heard, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood on Thursday ruled the state’s private school voucher program in violation of the state constitution. As you can probably imagine, the N&R’s Doug Clark says Hobgood’s ruling “so clearly and forcefully points out the faults of this voucher initiative that overturning it would require […]

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HP sticking with ElectriCities

High Point city leaders heard an update from an ElectriCities official regarding its share of the cooperative’s $1.5 billion debt. His recommendation? Stay the course and pray 2020 gets here fast, at which time a sizable amount of that debt can be retired.

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Defense begins in Terry Johnson trial

Defense attorneys for Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson made a motion to dismiss the case, but U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder allowed the sheriff’s civil right violations trial to continue even though he will take the defense’s motion under consideration. A couple of interesting things jump out in the Burlington Times-News coverage. One is […]

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Shakespeare Festival’s demise

By now you’ve heard that the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival —based in High Point since its inception in 1977 — has ceased operations. High Point Enterprise speculates whether or not the loss of state funding started the festival’s downward spiral: (B)ut three years ago, with the Great Recession strapping state finances, then-Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue […]

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No food trucks in Gibsonville

Burlington Times-News reports: Plans to allow mobile food vendors in downtown Gibsonville have come to a screeching halt. The Gibsonville Board of Aldermen unanimously decided against holding a public hearing to allow food trucks and mobile food vendors in various zoning districts and amending its current ordinances during its Monday meeting. “I am not in […]

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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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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.

Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reforms

Cronyism is an umbrella term covering a host of government activities by which an industry or even a single firm or speculator is given favors and support that they could not attain in market competition. This report explains what opens government to cronyism, gives a brief rundown of recent examples of cronyism in North Carolina, and offers several possible reforms.

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