Local government

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    Government Wants To Regulate The Trees In Your Yard? It’s True.

    Stateline reports on the growth of government efforts to regulate trees on private property as part of urban planning: Cities have long regulated what can be done to trees in parks, along public streets or on government property, deciding when they can be trimmed, treated for disease or removed.
    Donna Martinez, September 26, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online on Guilford County commissioners’ response to a proposed High Point baseball stadium. John Hood’s Daily Journal emphasizes the importance of health care reform.
    Mitch Kokai, September 25, 2017
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    Missing Money in Wake County Shows Need For Better Oversight of County Offices

    JLF’s Julie Tisdale, who looks at activities of local government, offers her perspective on the missing money in Wake County. The Wake Register of Deeds fiasco offers an extreme example, but one wonders whether other local government offices in the state that have had cash disappear.  Unfortunately, humans are…
    Donna Martinez, September 22, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    In more than a quarter century of exposing N.C. government boondoggles, Carolina Journal has highlighted some major turkeys. Rick Henderson discusses two of them — the Randy Parton Theatre and the Global TransPark — during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes the latest…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello of Carolina Journal Online interviews the founder of a political action committee that focuses on Raleigh’s regulation of short-term property rentals. John Hood’s Daily Journal advocates a quicker pace for state education reform.
    Mitch Kokai, September 18, 2017
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    Tonight: Guilford County Commissioners Vote On Taxpayer Funding For High Point Ballpark

    Julie Tisdale provides this background and guidance on tonight’s vote in Guilford County. Guilford County Commissioners will vote tonight on a package to finance a downtown ballpark facility in High Point and commit increased tax revenues to the project for the next twenty years.  While the project…
    Donna Martinez, September 7, 2017
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    Pump the Brakes On Golf Cart Regulations

    Is Carolina Beach going to ban golf carts? Our Julie Tisdale looks at what could be on the horizon. Sometimes, local governments seem to create solutions to problems that may not even really exist in the first place.  And usually, when they do, those “solutions” create tremendous burdens on…
    Donna Martinez, August 24, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on the continuing search for a workable strategic plan for North Carolina’s Global TransPark. John Trump details local governments’ response to this year’s “brunch bill.” John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why recent N.C. employment numbers suggest state leaders should sharpen…
    Mitch Kokai, August 23, 2017