Local government

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    “Bike Equity” Now An Issue In Some Cities

    Stateline reports: Philadelphia was the first U.S. city to incorporate bike equity into its planning from the start, said Steve Taylor, spokesman for the League of American Bicyclists, a biking advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Waffiyyah Murray, program manager of Philadelphia’s Better Bike Share Partnership, said city officials…
    Donna Martinez, February 15, 2018
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    Federal Infrastructure Plan

    President Trump’s budget acknowledges that the federal government cannot provide money for everything, but then increases federal spending in some areas and anticipates states, localities, and the private sector will provide even more money. Nowhere is this more visible than in the president’s plan for infrastructure. The plan reverses the…
    Joseph Coletti, February 13, 2018
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    Hundreds of thousands of dollars, but no new jobs

    The incentives game really has turned into a race to the bottom.  It used to be that state and local governments would put together a package to help lure a large company for a major project bringing significant numbers of new jobs to an area.  That sort of incentive package…
    Julie Tisdale, February 13, 2018
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    Affordable Housing Mandates Reduce Affordable Housing

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, American Enterprise Institute scholars Paul Kupiec and Edward Pinto advance the argument that Affordable Houising mandates “create a vicious circle of higher prices and reduced demand.” As they note, trying to make housing affordable by government decree is a fools errand.
    Kory Swanson, February 13, 2018
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    Frivolous spending with other people’s money. Again.

    I’ve been out of the office, so I’m a little behind on this story.  But even a week late, I just have to weigh in on this one. The News & Observer ran a piece last week about two new bridge projects in Raleigh – Wade Avenue over Capital…
    Julie Tisdale, February 8, 2018
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    Strengthening rural North Carolina

    Who could argue with bringing economic vitality to small towns who aren’t home to famous forecasters or unbelievable events? Gov. Cooper announced creation of a two-person team to help rural towns with “projects such as infrastructure improvements, broadband access, and workforce training.” Press reports did not make clear…
    Joseph Coletti, February 2, 2018
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    Charlotte Fire In Hot Water Over Filming of TV Commercial. WSOC-TV Gets Reaction From Becki Gray

    From WSOC-TV comes a report about Charlotte Fire’s questionable use of taxpayer resources. Shouldn’t it be obvious this is a bad idea? Channel 9 discovered leadership at Charlotte Fire Department had firefighters film a commercial for expensive watches while they were on duty and on the taxpayer’s dime. Deputy…
    Donna Martinez, February 2, 2018
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    The Road To Freedom in North Carolina

    First principles are not only relevant today, we’re using them to drive North Carolina’s transformation to First in Freedom among the states. How are we doing it? WATCH.
    Donna Martinez, February 1, 2018