Category Archives: Local government

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

Another fail for North Carolina business incentives

It’s official.  Chiquita is moving it’s headquarters from Charlotte.  This despite the $23 million package from the state that enticed them here just four years ago.  Clearly that didn’t work. And not only did the incentives fail, but they also cost taxpayers money.  Some of that $23 million has already been paid out, and onlyContinue Reading

Berger and Moore’s Legislative Agenda for 2015

Today Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) held a news conference that previewed the General Assembly’s agenda for the upcoming long session. While a lot of details were not discussed, there are some things that were mentioned that will keep legislators busy this session. Senator Berger opened the press conferenceContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

In the wake of an announcement that the state has reached a deal to sell the Dorothea Dix property to Raleigh, Carolina Journal Online revisits a CJ parody about the Dix property’s future as a “green energy” destination. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains why the N.C. film industry is likely to survive the end ofContinue Reading

The pinch from increasing property taxes

I guess no one likes property taxes.  Mine, in Raleigh, are going to go up because of a parks and recreation bond referendum that passed in November, and I’m not happy about it.  But it’s even worse when you’re in a poor part of the state and just barely making ends meet.  That’s the situationContinue Reading

Unneccessary Regulations at Asheville’s Airport

I never cease to be amazed at the unnecessary regulations imposed by governments at all levels.  Today’s example comes from the Asheville Regional Airport, which is owned by the City of Asheville.  They’ve imposed a rule that private companies that pick up and drop off passengers must use cars that are no more than nineContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

As the John Locke Foundation prepares for its 25th anniversary celebration, new president and CEO Kory Swanson is focusing on plans for a Feb. 7 anniversary celebration and the new First in Freedom Initiative. Swanson discusses those plans during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. University of Texas-San Antonio professor Heywood Sanders discusses theContinue Reading

GAO: State and local government budgets in trouble

According to a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, state and local governments are going to have a tough time making ends meet.  GAO researchers wrote, One way of measuring the long-term fiscal challenges faced by the state and local government sector is through a measure known as the “fiscal gap.” The fiscal gapContinue Reading