“State law allows a person to enter into a loan agreement with a bail bondsman and get out of jail on credit,” Miller said. “The payment plan is usually unreasonable, and the person reverts to crime to stay out of jail. It’s going to make our cities and counties unsafer.”
Lots of issues going on here, including whether or not government is competing with the private bail bond industry,as Rep. Mike Hager claims. Definitely a different twist on the public sector vs. private sector debate.
Opponents of the bill say restricting pretrial services will result in some defendants staying in jail longer than necessary, costing counties more money. Guilford County has a fat new jail, so it’s hard for this law-abiding citizen to see where cost is an issue there.Read full article » No Comments »
On the subject of the arts, JLF President John Hood says taxpayers should not be “compelled to pay for the creation of art,” no matter what the so-called experts say:
Arts groups have concocted all sorts of preposterous arguments and economic “studies” to obscure this basic fact. For example, they hire an economist to count up all the tax money spent on the arts in a given community, the total budgets of arts organizations, and the number of people who receive income from those organizations directly or indirectly. Then they claim that the initial expenditure of tax money causes the total budgets, which then creates a certain number of jobs.
What a coincidence — the Winston-Salem Journal editorializes on such a study, which identifies the arts as ‘major industry, one that should be supported and celebrated throughout the city and county.’
Emphasis on ‘supported’—- no doubt the Journal defines ‘support’ as Cmdr. Hood does —-patrons paying for their own proverbial symphony ticket. And while the editorial doesn’t explicitly call for government funding of the arts, they otherwise wouldn’t editorialize on a study citing the economic impact of the arts.
All this should be taken into consideration should discussion and debate over a downtown Greensboro performing arts center extend into next year, which I boldly predicted would not be the case.
On a related note, the G’boro council should closely watch how the vote goes down in Wilmington, where the City Council voted to put a bond on the November ballot for a minor league baseball stadium.Read full article » No Comments »
At least for now:
But the council will consider holding a special election next spring to seek voter support for building a downtown performing arts center. It would cost the city more than $200,000 to hold a special election, City Manager Denise Turner Roth* said.
Council members said they need to give a task force and city staff members more time to work out details of the proposed center.
“As this process has gone on, we got smarter. We realized we need more answers,” Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan said.
Could be a whole new world come spring — we can only hope, right—- not to mention an election for the council. I’ve got the feeling that this is going to die a quiet death.
*City Council hires Denise Turner Roth as new Greensboro city manager. Roth had been serving as interim city manager since Rashad Young left in December.Read full article » 1 Comment »