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Friday, March, 6 2015

Gboro taps into megasite

At last night’s meeting the Greensboro City Council voted 7-2 to authorize city staff to search for and select a design company to run water and sewer lines to the proposed Randolph County megasite. Council members tony Wilkins and Marikay Abuzuaiter were the ‘no’ votes. Estimated cost to run water and sewer into Randolph County […]

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Best-laid New Urbanist plans

Quick dispatch from Raleigh, which has been pushing the New Urbanist dream for years now: After months of rumblings, the Raleigh City Council has taken up the question of whether downtown Raleigh’s nightlife is going from “vibrant” to over-saturated. Some downtown residents, most notably the downtown mogul Greg Hatem, have claimed that noise and alcohol […]

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Burlington gets on the bus

At last night’s meeting the Burlington City Council approved a $5 vehicle tax its public transportation system. Mayor Pro Tem Celo Faucette said “now we have this, let’s get people to ride it.” Burlington is surprisingly dense in places, so it is hard to imagine the city has never had a bus system in place. […]

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Mark Walker in Salon

OK it’s Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at the head of this Salon piece on “Why conservatives refuse to believe Obama is Christian,” but keep reading and you’ll run into our own 6th District Rep. Mark Walker: On February 24, 2015, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) said on the House floor that his constituents “shared with me […]

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Feds seize Gate City Transportation property

Biz Journal follow-up on story originally reported by WGHP that Gboro-based Gate City Transportation is under investigation for allegedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of millions of dollars by billing for services it did not provide. An affidavit by federal investigators claims Gate City billed for ambulance service for its patients when the patients were only […]

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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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