Category Archives: Local government

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. congressional delegation’s reaction to Rep. Mark Meadows’ move to replace U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. Barry Smith reports on an audit that critiques a state program to teach blind people to run snack bars. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett’s Daily Journal argues against new tollContinue Reading






What Senate leaders plan to do about NC’s Transportation needs

A press conference was held today by the NC Senate about what they planned to do regarding North Carolina’s transportation funding needs.  Here is a press release summarizing the press conference: Raleigh, N.C. – Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) joined co-chairs and members of the Senate transportation committees on Wednesday to highlight their comprehensive plan toContinue Reading






Moody’s Ranks local governments by pension liabilities, NC cities come in with low liabilities

Moody’s Investor Service just released a report of the 50 largest local governments in the United States and their pension burdens.  The findings show that 31 of the 50 governments increased their pension burdens from the last analysis done by Moody’s. The report said the fiscal year 2013 median adjusted net pension liabilities increased toContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new audit that spells out more than $3 million in Medicaid misspending from Robeson County public schools. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal examines the impact of federally owned land in N.C. counties.






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolina counties awarded $284 million in targeted incentives from 2009 to 2014. Sarah Curry analyzes this number and other details from her first-of-its-kind compilation of county government incentives during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Becki Gray discusses a state budget proposal that would increase state and local government transparency. Reason magazine’s DamonContinue Reading






Madison County wants more economic development, but more sales tax revenue won’t help

There is a proposal in the General Assembly to reallocate sales tax revenues in a way that benefits rural counties and hurts urban counties. Jim Baker, a Madison County commissioner and retired superior court judge, said the lack of revenue from local sales taxes hurts county economic development efforts. “We do not have industry movingContinue Reading






Back in the day, this would end in a duel

Senator Brown’s response to Governor McCrory’s recent announcement that he will veto the sales tax fairness proposal: I can’t figure out if Pat thinks he is the Governor of Charlotte or the Mayor of North Carolina. Today, over 100 local officials from across the state came out in support of sales tax fairness. Sadly, theContinue Reading






Federally owned land in NC and where

In North Carolina, the federal government owns 1.7 million acres, or 7.7 percent of the state. Federal land is found in nearly half of the state’s counties, yet the majority of the federally owned land is concentrated in the western part of the state. Counties derive the majority of their revenues from property taxes, butContinue Reading