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Local Referenda Results

What you may have missed in the craziness of yesterday’s election and this morning’s post-mortem is that there were 80 local referenda held across North Carolina.  The results were mostly predictable and unsurprising, but here’s a quick rundown. There were 33 different referenda on alcohol.  These were about allowing sales of beer and wine orContinue Reading

Big money for so few jobs

We all know what I think about business incentives.  So I see this article this morning, Three deals could bring 130+ jobs to Triad city, and of course I’m thinking there has to be an incentive package attached. I was right. I was especially excited about the last sentence in the piece. The council also closedContinue Reading

A right to the privilege of driver’s ed?

I’m agreeing with a school board.  This is unusual. This week, the News & Observer has a piece about the cost to Johnston County Schools of offering free or discounted driver’s ed.  It’s the result of a new mandate from the general assembly. Previously, school systems couldn’t charge a student more than $65 to take driver’sContinue Reading

Hemp is not marijuana

I’ll never forget the first time I brought hemp seeds home from Costco.  My sister (who I was living with at the time) and my husband (who I live with now) made fun of me mercilessly.  Actually, they still do.  I get so much flack from them about being a druggie, sprinkling a bit onContinue Reading

Bad incentive payments

Unfortunately, the headline is neither unusual nor surprising.  “State clawing back $1.36M in grant incentives” is repeated over and over in one form or another.  Incentives proponent will claim this is success, that we’re getting our money back if companies don’t deliver on their promises.  But isn’t it really just evidence that governments shouldn’t beContinue Reading

More thoughts on the Cumberland County ballpark

Last week, I wrote about Cumberland County’s plan to take funding that had previously been allocated to schools and instead build a ballpark.  Incredible, I know, but that is indeed the plan. In doing some further reading this week, I came across a column in the Fayetteville Observer by Myron B. Pitts in which he advocatesContinue Reading

Shuffling Jobs, Getting Corporate Welfare Payouts

Every corporate welfare package is a little different.  Each one has it’s own little quirks.  This one, as reported by Triangle Business Journal, is particularly clever. Initially, this sounds pretty typical.  Corning Optical is getting a little over $3 million in various state and local grants to expand an existing facility and add 100 jobs.  That’sContinue Reading

“I should be allowed to build what I want.”

Have you heard of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)?  What if I call them backyard cottages?  You know, a small building behind the house or over the detached garage that’s essentially a standalone apartment.  According to Raleigh Agenda, “Raleigh is the only major city in North Carolina that doesn’t have current regulations allowing backyard cottages.”  ButContinue Reading

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