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Sunday, August, 30 2015

Gboro civil rights museum and the Reynolds Foundation

N&R reports Greensboro International Civil Rights Center and Museum has received a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. But how much remains a mystery: As is often the case with the museum’s affairs, an official there wouldn’t provide answers. Deena Hayes-Greene, the chairwoman of the museum’s board of directors, declined Thursday to discuss the […]

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Next chapter in Stacy Setliff’s life….

Former Reidsville High School athletics booster Stacy Setliff gets five years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. In addition to child porn charges, Setliff was also arrested in 2014 on charges that she offered to perform oral sex on two 16-year-old male athletes, although those charges were later dropped. I realize I’m […]

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PTI’s ‘bold new approach’

Biz Journal discusses Piedmont Triad International Airport’s “bold new approach” in light of declining passenger service—economic development. That’s cool and everything, but the problem is that’s been the plan seemingly forever—-still it doesn’t seem like that long ago that the Greensboro Partnership was telling high powered developer and now-Rhino publisher Roy Carroll to back off […]

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HP says yes to Say Yes

Well kinda—-the High Point City Council approved a resolution—- as opposed to a memorandum of understanding, at which the council balked the last time it discussed the college scholarship and educational resource program for Guilford County Schools students. Councilman Latimer Alexander questioned whether the city would eventually be expected to fund the Say Yes program […]

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Re: Controversial W-S Ardmore redevelopment

Residents and supporters of Winston-Salem’s historic Ardmore apartments met with developer Carolina Investment Properties at a forum hosted by City Council member Dan Besse to discuss plans to demolish the apartments to make way for a modern mixed-use development: The supporters concern comes from a redevelopment proposal that would raze the historic Ardmore and Cloverdale […]

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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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Research

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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