Category Archives: Local government

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

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the launch of Wake County’s latest mass-transit plan. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges lawmakers to push policies that remove barriers for newly formed businesses.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Michael Lowrey reports for Carolina Journal Online on a ruling from the N.C. Court of Appeals dealing with shooting ranges and property rights. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal asks which parenting style leads to the best academic results for kids.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about a watchdog group’s critique of a taxpayer-financed boutique hotel in Cary. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal highlights continuing concerns about community college remediation rates.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that some N.C. county governments are scrambling to deal with changes linked to Obamacare. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges prudence as policymakers respond to the latest state budget projections.

Split N.C. Court of Appeals upholds Franklin County’s decision to block shooting range

A panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals split 2-1 in upholding Franklin County’s decision to block a shooting range on private property within the county. The legal dispute focused on the fact that Franklin’s Unified Development Ordinance said nothing about either permitting or banning shooting ranges. Judge Chris Dillon’s majority opinion responded to theContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on corruption allegations involving the Indian Trail town government. John Hood’s Daily Journal moves beyond the “red-blue” classification of American states’ voting patterns.

A liberal makes the case for ending the ban on U.S. oil exports

Among those supporting an end to the federal ban on U.S. oil exports is former Clinton and Obama economic adviser Larry Summers, who offers his reasons in a brief article for Bloomberg Businessweek. “If we allow oil exports, the price received by U.S. producers will rise, which will lead to more production—meaning more employment andContinue Reading