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Wednesday, April, 23 2014

New PTIA authority chair

It’s Koury Corp. president and CFO Steve Showfety, who replaces attorney Henry Isaacson in a ‘rare split vote.’ Showfety was chosen over fellow airport authority member and Forsyth County Commissioner Gloria Whisenhunt, who was seeking to become the first female chair in the authority’s 70-plus year history.

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DHHS food stamp mess

Department of Health and Human Services is requesting an an additional $4 million to cover the cost of the food stamp backlog. Cost include overtime and pay for temporary workers, which Guilford County employed as it pushed to clear out its who knows how many backlogged food stamp cases. As for DHHS Secretary Dr. Aldona […]

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Carroll pulls the trigger on Dixie

Biz Journal reports high-profile developer and Rhino Times publisher Roy Carroll has officially purchased the Dixie apartment building, clearing the way for his proposed mixed-use development across Eugene Street from New Bridge Bank Park. The N&R’s Jeri Rowe wrote about the Dixie last month amid speculation that Carroll was working on the deal. At that […]

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Hagan breaks out the attack ads

Just now heard on Sen. Kay Hagan’s attack ad against House Speaker Thom Tillis. The N&R’s Doug Clark pooh-poohed my conspiracy theory surrounding their endorsement of Jim Snyder for the Republican nomination, saying ‘we just like Snyder.’ If he says so, but is now any doubt about which candidate Hagan doesn’t want to face come […]

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Guilford County DSS: No management managing

The Rhino’s Scott Yost digs further into problems at Guilford County Department of Social Services, which came into full public view with last month’s food stamp backlog. Interim DSS director Myra Thompson sounds like she’s doing her best to clean up the mess. That said: One Guilford County DSS employee told the Rhino Times this […]

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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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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.

By the Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2010

County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions of dollars in revenue, but finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in North Carolina.

First Annual North Carolina County Privatization Survey

County governments all over North Carolina are saving money by privatizing services. In an effort to assist in the exchange of information about these activities, the John Locke Foundation conducted a survey of all 100 counties asking county managers to tell us about governmental activities that they currently supply privately. We also asked them if they had problems in the past with a privatized activity that had caused them to return the activity to government provision.

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