Local government

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    There is hope in small towns and there are challenges in cities

    Can we save the small towns and rural areas that are losing people to booming metropolitan areas? Gracy Olmstead explores the options and some of the overlooked costs and benefits what we leave behind may not be all bad, as we go out in search of greater gains: “The…
    Joseph Coletti, April 20, 2018
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    Math from the Independent Weekly

    Jeffrey Billman provides a good rundown for Independent Weekly readers of how Wake County Commissioners could push property taxes up more than $200. Natural growth will provide $32 million for the county, but $10 million of that goes to already pledged debt service on recently passed bonds. By…
    Joseph Coletti, April 20, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online features an interview with George Mason law school professor Frank Buckley about his most recent book. It contends the U.S. Constitution was designed as an anti-corruption tool. John Trump’s Daily Journal begins a new series highlighting questionable decisions involving governments across North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2018
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    Feds say High Point owes $1.79 million for HUD grant

    City of High Point officials ‘were shocked’ when they received a letter from the U.S. Treasury stating “our records indicate that you owe the U.S. Government $1,794,821.24. You must immediately pay your debt to stop collection action and prevent the addition of more interest, penalties and administrative costs.” At…
    Sam Hieb, April 12, 2018
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    In praise of localism

    The American Enterprise Institute has compiled an interesting set of essays touting the virtues of pursuing local solutions to society’s major challenges. Some of the contributors assess the merits of local governing itself and suggest that, paradoxically, solving big problems may work better with smaller units of government. Others…
    Mitch Kokai, April 9, 2018
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    Trump Budget Doles Out Cash To Orange/Durham Light Rail

    The folks at Indyweek.com are very excited about the behemoth budget deal signed into law by President Trump. Why? Because despite talk that the president would cut funding to transit projects, the opposite occurred. That means federal funding for the Triangle’s proposed Durham/Orange light rail project.   The omnibus…
    Donna Martinez, April 5, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the state elections board’s reinstatement of two Republican candidates on the 2018 ballot. Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal explains why she believes elected officials should take steps to avoid tax increases.
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2018
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    Find Out Here If You’ll Be Voting on a Tax Hike

    The May primary ballot in at least a dozen North Counties will include a referendum to raise the local sales tax rate by a quarter-cent. The counties are below. Find out a little bit more about the tax hike question here. Bertie Clay Gaston Jones…
    Donna Martinez, April 3, 2018