Category Archives: Local government

FCC not content to stop with Net Neutrality

While most of the Internet-related headlines today will deal with the Federal Communications Commission’s ruling (along party lines) to treat Internet Service Providers like regulated utilities, another party-line ruling also hits close to home: The commission voted to overturn laws in North Carolina and other states limiting the ability of cities to expand broadband accessContinue Reading

Businessweek profiles the bust which is the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Regular readers of this forum will be shocked — shocked! — to learn via the latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek that the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a dud. Charlotte, where almost 30,000 people make a living off Nascar auto races, would seem the perfect place for a museum honoring driving legends such as RichardContinue Reading

Charlotte’s latest corporate welfare scheme

Charlotte’s latest corporate welfare scheme, approved by the city council yesterday, is $3.3 million for Frito-Lay to expand a plant.  $3.3 million for an expansion that will create 30-35 jobs over the next three years.  That’s about $100,000 per job — jobs that are expected to pay an average of $50,000 per year. And thisContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online that federal regulators could overturn North Carolina’s law on municipal broadband service. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores Democrats’ questionable strategy of using economic issues to unseat Gov. Pat McCrory.

Another minimum wage casualty

The latest casualty of higher minimum wage laws is an independent bookstore in San Francisco.  The owners of Borderlands Books have written a letter to their customers, which is available in full here.  But the basic economic reality is this: In November, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed a measure that will increase the minimum wageContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online reports on a new John Locke Foundation report supporting N.C. lawmakers’ decision to sunset state historic preservation tax credits. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores North Carolina’s “potentially decisive” role in the next presidential campaign.

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features University of Texas at San Antonio professor Heywood Sanders’ discussion of his book Convention Center Follies. Michael Lowrey’s Daily Journal focuses on the tricky issue of police accountability.

Raleigh council sends Airbnb issue to committee

Not so fast. The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday sent the issue of whether Airbnb can continue to operate to its Law and Public Safety Committee. Airbnb is a part of the emerging “sharing economy.” It’s been described as sort of a “Hotel Uber.” Potential guests can go online and find hosts who want toContinue Reading