Category Archives: Local government

NC trying to decide if it will join appeal of FCC’s muni-broadband ruling

Tennessee has sued the Federal Communications Commission, saying the regulatory agency overstepped its authority when it voted in February to override state laws placing restrictions on municipal broadband. North Carolina is one of the states that has similar laws. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said the AG’s office trying to decide whether toContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online on legislative proposals to change governing boards in Wake County and Greensboro. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges lawmakers to place a high priority on shoring up the state’s savings reserves.

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

U.S. Senate Democrats have targeted the John Locke Foundation and more than 100 other groups for intimidation involving records linked to climate change. Rick Henderson discusses the Democrats’ fishing expedition during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops dissects Gov. Pat McCrory’s education budget, Roy Cordato explains how the “special-interest effect” leads toContinue Reading

City of Eden trying to encourage bad tax policy

The Eden Preservation Commission is made up of members appointed by the city council.  On March 16, the commission voted on a resolution to be presented to multiple state government officials.  There are seven members on the commission, and only one voted against this resolution.  It is unfortunate that only one member of the commissionContinue Reading

Wake County Board legislative history

NC General Assembly has a long history of reworking the laws regarding the Wake County Board of Commission, and they are continuing that history with Senate Bill 181.  The bill would add two commissioners to the current seven member board and redraw the districts to align with the school board districts.  The bill also changesContinue Reading

The Birds and the Bees Act

No, this has nothing to do with sex education.  Sorry to disappoint you. Senators Meredith, B. Jackson, and Barringer proposed legislation that would lift government regulations on bee hive ownership.  The bill would allow households to own up to five bee hives. Perhaps renaming it something like the “Let Them Bee Act” would be moreContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith and Dan Way report for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Pat McCrory’s N.C. budget proposal. Michael Lowrey’s Daily Journal examines the consequences of failed government incentive deals.

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