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Wednesday, January, 28 2015

Relieving zoo traffic

Biz Journal passes along N&O article reporting state transportation officials are finally looking to make good promises of a dedicated connector road to the N.C. Zoo: As it is, when the zoo opens a new exhibit or holds a special event such as October’s “Boo at the Zoo” – or it’s just a warm holiday […]

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Wake-UNC non-conference game?

ESPN reports Wake Forest and North Carolina have scheduled and home-and-home football series that will not count in the conference standings: North Carolina and Wake Forest are in separate divisions in the ACC and no longer play annually. Because of that, the two have only met four times since 2004. The two are scheduled to […]

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Ask Don Martin about the contaminated school site

Another notable quote, this time in the Winston-Salem Journal front-pager on underground contamination found on the site of Winston-Salem /Forsyth County Schools’ proposed $15 million middle school for special needs kids: Don Martin, a newly elected commissioner who was the school district’s superintendent for 19 years, said he doesn’t remember specifics about the environmental concerns […]

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Ask Mike Barber about the Klan-Nazi shootout

Notable quote from today’s N&R front-pager on the controversy over a proposed historical marker commemorating the 179 Klan-Nazi shootout: “I certainly don’t think those people deserved to die,” Greensboro Councilman Mike Barber said last week. “But if you go and poke a bunch of rednecks who have guns and you print ‘Death to the Klan’ […]

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‘Greensboro Massacre’ historical marker compromise

It appears as though a compromise has been reached in the dispute over the proposed state historical marker near the site of the Nov. 3 1979 Klan-Nazi-Communist Workers Party shootout that left four people dead: On Monday, Councilmen Tony Wilkins and Zack Matheny, the two strongest voices against the marker, said they would consider giving […]

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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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