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Entirely the wrong direction

The N&O reports this week that “Raleigh expands incentives program, OKs facade funding for art.”  This is a move entirely in the wrong direction. According to the piece, …The city’s business incentives program offers reimbursements on a sliding scale depending on how much a business invests, where it invests and how many jobs it creates.Continue Reading

But who else is going to do it?

At the John Locke Foundation, we write a lot about things that the government shouldn’t do or money the government shouldn’t spend.  And the response is often some version of, “But who else is going to do it?”  And it’s a fair question.  There are things like education and training that someone has to provideContinue Reading

Money wasted on another public golf course

In yet another example of the the messes that local governments get themselves into with ill-conceived development projects, Wilmington has found themselves in quite the predicament.  According to WECT.com, The future of a city-owned golf course in Wilmington is uncertain this week after no one placed a bid to renovate the area. Bids were dueContinue Reading

Local Primary Results

There’s been a lot of election coverage this week, most of it focused on the big national races – Trump and Clinton winning their respective primaries.  But WRAL here in Raleigh has an absolutely fantastic tool, the Primary Precinct Map.  It breaks down the results for President, Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and theContinue Reading

Raleigh’s ill-conceived bike share program

Today, Raleigh City Council voted on a bike share program.  It passed.  Basically, the city will own a bunch of bikes, and residents will be able to pay $80/year to access those – pick one up at a nearby bike station, use it for short trips, and return it.  If you’ve traveled to other largeContinue Reading

Another day, another business incentive…

This one is for KSM Castings to create 189 jobs in Cleveland County.  Under the terms of the agreement, …the company has been awarded a grant of up to $705,000 from the state’s One North Carolina Fund. …One North Carolina Fund grants require a local match, and this grant is contingent upon approval of localContinue Reading

Rents are going up in Charlotte

There’s interesting news about the cost of renting in Charlotte and Raleigh today.  In it’s National Rent Report for March, Zumper reports that, of the 50 largest cities in America, Charlotte has the 21st highest median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment, at $990/month.  That’s up 6.5% from a year ago. Raleigh did a bitContinue Reading

Charter school growth is a win for students

There is an interesting story in The Charlotte Observer today about charter school growth.  Evidently, it’s expected that Mecklenburg County’s schools will enroll 3200 more students next year than they currently do, and almost 2700 of those are expected to choose charter schools over traditional district schools. There was a lot in this piece thatContinue Reading

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