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A larger per diem for legislators is a case of wrong incentives

The Charlotte Observer ran a story today under the headline “North Carolina legislators want to pay themselves more.”  There are all sorts of problems with this, but let’s start with the headline itself.  Legislators don’t want to pay themselves more.  They want to force the taxpayers of North Carolina to pay them more. I’m not just beingContinue Reading






Where’s the money for police pay raises?

On Tuesday, Raleigh announced that they would be increasing pay for some city workers.  This was unusual in a couple of respects.  First, it’s mid-year.  That rarely happens.  Usually, the city waits for a new fiscal year and a new budget to bring in pay increases.  These, however, will be effective April 1, which isContinue Reading






Update: Charlotte won’t back stadium proposal

Charlotte was supposed to vote late tomorrow afternoon on a proposal to fund 25% of a new soccer stadium.  While the county voted this morning to proceed, the Charlotte mayor just released this statement: We are canceling the City Council Friday 4 p.m. meeting scheduled to discuss the MLS deal. Over the past several days, weContinue Reading






Mecklenburg Commissioners just voted for a terrible deal

This morning, Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted 5-4 to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to subsidize a very wealthy family’s pursuit of a potentially extremely lucrative professional soccer team.  The county won’t own the team, so those profits won’t go to the county.  But they will own the stadium that those funds will build.  Consequently,Continue Reading






Fossil Fuel Free Watauga?

This week, Watauga County commissioners adopted a resolution calling for “100% green energy” by 2050, meaning no fossil fuel use at all in 33 years.  And not just for Watauga County, but for the entire United States. The problems with this are myriad, of course.  First, the commissioners can adopt whatever resolution they like, butContinue Reading






2017 would be a great year to repeal CON

Can someone please remind me again why we need to be having this debate and why the state needs to be involved?  Novant Health and EmergeOrtho each want to build a new operating room in Leland, a small town in Brunswick County not far from Wilmington.  Dosher Memorial Hospital, also in Brunswick County, doesn’t wantContinue Reading






It doesn’t have to be taxpayers’ money

I’d like to commend the Umstead Coalition.  For those who think I’m anti-bike, anti-nature, anti-park, etc., this may come as something of a surprise.  After all, the Umstead Coalition is a non-profit “Dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek natural area.” But the truthContinue Reading






Lots of soccer coming to North Carolina all of a sudden?

A month ago, the Carolina Railhawks announced that they were changing their name to North Carolina F.C. and making a bid to join MLS. Last week, Bruton Smith, who owns the Charlotte Motor Speedway, announced that he’s also eyeing a MLS expansion team for Charlotte. And then today, it was announced that the Western NewContinue Reading






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