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Monday, November, 30 2015

Gboro performing arts center cost overruns (surprise)

Big N&R front-pager on plans to address $10 million in cost overruns for the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Bottom line is private donors will be hit up for another $3.5 million, while $1 of the ticket service fee will be “repurposed”—meaning local arts organizations—instead of getting a cut from the ticket fee— […]

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Mo Green says tablets not working

Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green tells an NAACP-sponsored forum that tablets issued to middle schoolers aren’t making much of a difference: “I don’t see us using those limited resources to try to take the (personalized learning initiative) to high schools when we have not seen the progress that I would want to see in […]

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Mark Walker, Jesse Helms and the U.N.

Rep. Mark Walker introduces legislation to fight terrorism. The bill “withholds ten percent of United States funding to the United Nations until the intergovernmental organization adopts a definition for ‘international terrorism.’” Reminds me of the time another conservative North Carolina legislator took on the U.N.—-Sen. Jesse Helms’speech before the Security Council back in 2000. Text […]

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N&R taking heat for gun ad

Yet another letter to the editor in today’s N&R taking our local paper of record to task for running a big-ass full-page ad for the Reidsville Ace Hardware holiday gun sale featruing everything from Derringers to Rugers. Today’s letter is from Lee Zacharias–who also happens to be my former UNCG professor: I cannot begin to […]

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Ed Hardin: PC sportswriter of the moment

If he didn’t already have it, the N&R’s Ed Hardin officially earned his politically correct sportswriters card with yesterday’s column on the Panthers’ victory over the Redskins: Carolina might be the best team in the NFL, but you couldn’t really tell Sunday because Washington might be the worst team in the NFL. ….The holiday celebration […]

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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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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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