Category Archives: Local government

NC ranks #33 in property taxes






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

She became the focal point for criticism about the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, but now Aldona Wos is out as that department’s secretary. Rick Henderson assesses Wos’ legacy and discusses new secretary Rick Brajer during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll also hear highlights from Gov. Pat McCrory’s announcement ofContinue Reading






Interesting jobs for local government

Ever want to work for a local government?  Many people think they probably aren’t qualified or don’t want to do the work that is normal for government – think again!  I was following up on some research and ran across these job postings on a North Carolina’s local government’s website.  I won’t disclose the nameContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online reports on the latest John Locke Foundation By The Numbers report, which shows that Charlotte once again tops the list of large N.C. cities based on local government tax-and-fee burdens. Katherine Restrepo’s Daily Journal labels North Carolina’s certificate-of-need restrictions useless.






Where are people moving?

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released long-awaited migration data shedding light on migration patterns for counties and states. New data for 2011 and 2012 includes total incomes for those who moved, helping to approximate wealth gained or lost and its potential impact on local budgets.  A Governing article has an interactive search toolContinue Reading






Charlotte keeps top spot in N.C. local tax-and-fee burden rankings

Charlotte maintains its familiar position atop the John Locke Foundation’s list of N.C. cities with the largest local tax-and-fee burdens. But the list is arriving much later than normal this year, thanks to a large number of local governments failing to submit annual forms to the state treasurer’s office. Even though report author Michael LowreyContinue Reading






Left-leaning urban centers hurting Democrats?

Joel Kotkin argues in a column for Real Clear Politics that local governments in many of America’s largest cities could lead to bad news for the Democratic Party. Twenty years ago, America’s cities were making their initial move to regain some of their luster. This was largely due to the work of mayors who wereContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Tony Tata’s abrupt resignation as state transportation secretary raised eyebrows among N.C. political observers. Rick Henderson assesses Tata’s accomplishments at the state Department of Transportation and addresses speculation about Tata’s political future during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes the N.C. Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding the state’s Opportunity Scholarship ProgramContinue Reading