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Sunday, May, 24 2015

NE Park train—‘damn nightmare’

I was just out at Guilford County’s Northeast Park for local mountain bike organization Racing in the Woods excellent Wednesday night race series and I saw no sign of a train. That’s right—Northeast Park has a train. Who knew? The saga of the Little Train That Couldn’t began in 2011, when Guilford County moved forward […]

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Meanwhile, megasite……..

Obviously the big story from last night’s Greensboro City Council meeting is the Friendly-Hobbs rezoning, but flying under the radar is the council’s approval of a $2.3 million contract with an engineering firm for design work and environmental assessment of the proposed Liberty-Randolph megasite, which ostensibly will attract an automobile manufacturer to the area: City […]

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Gboro council spikes Friendly Coalition

At last night’s meeting the Greensboro City Council approved a rezoning request that paves the way for a mixed-use development on the corner of Friendly Avenue and Hobbs Road. The 7-2 vote —with council member Tony Wilkins and Marikay Abuzuaiter voting ‘no’— was the supermajority needed after nearby property owners filed a protest petition. N&R […]

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One more strange twist in Friendly-Hobbs rezoning

As the Friendly-Hobbs mixed use rezoning case comes down to the wire — the Greensboro City Council will vote on it during tonight’s meeting —-council member Nancy Hoffmann lashed out via Facebook at rezoning opponent Friendly Coalition for spreading the rumor that Hoffmann is looking to sell her District 4 residence near the site in […]

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W-S council approves Herbalife incentives

Winston-Salem City Council approved $150,000 in incentives for Herbalife to expand its operation. WFMY reports “the public comment period on the incentives was fairly short, with only one person speaking out in opposition…. (t)he citizens’ concern was that Herbalife lacks diversity in management positions.” Apparently Herbalife’s supposed lack of diversity wasn’t as big an issue […]

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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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