Local government

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that Gov. Roy Cooper’s refusal to appoint members to a new statewide elections and ethics board is causing chaos for some local elections offices. Kari Travis interviews Gary Salamido of the N.C. Chamber about the group’s plan to open a new…
    Mitch Kokai, July 14, 2017
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    What Does JLF’s Terry Stoops Think About Char/Meck’s Hiring Of Culinary Development Manager?

    Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation vice president for research, questions the process new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox used to hire an administrator for the school system’s culinary services. Stoops offered these comments for a July 7, 2017, report on WSOC-TV. WATCH here.
    Donna Martinez, July 10, 2017
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    Brunch Bill gives more freedom to local governments, and that’s a good thing

    Well, that didn’t take long. Last Friday, the governor signed the “Brunch Bill,” which, among other things, makes it legal for cities and counties to pass local ordinances allowing alcohol sales before noon on Sundays.  The bill doesn’t force local governments to do anything.  It just frees them up to…
    Julie Tisdale, July 7, 2017
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    Local governments can step back

    Triad Business Journal ran a story today with the headline, Developer pushes agtech ‘mega campus’ forward in Research Triangle Park.  This is good news! I’ve written before about why it’s a bad idea for local governments to set up business parks or build industrial megasites or buy land…
    Julie Tisdale, July 6, 2017
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    Is Public Broadband the Answer, Or Can Private Markets Do a Better Job?

    Writing at fayobserver.com (the online Fayetteville Observer), JLF President and CEO Kory Swanson joins the Mercatus Center’s Brent Skorup explains why the idea of more government involvement in the providing of internet serves is well-intentioned, but flawed policy. Some people may remember the high-profile struggles of “municipal cable” in the…
    Donna Martinez, July 2, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on Raleigh’s continuing debate over short-term rental rules. John Trump’s Daily Journal examines misguided legislative efforts to limit the state’s growing distillery industry.
    Mitch Kokai, June 30, 2017
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    HB 900 could be better

    HB 900 was introduced earlier this year and presented a number of options for additional taxes that municipalities would be able to levy on their citizens. I didn’t like it, and I wrote about it here. Fortunately, in the eight weeks since, the bill has been revised. The current…
    Julie Tisdale, June 26, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. legislative leaders’ latest war of words with Gov. Roy Cooper over the state budget. Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal emphasizes the value of low property tax rates.
    Mitch Kokai, June 23, 2017