Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 9)

  • Mecklenburg County voters reject arts-and-parks sales tax hike

    Charlotte Observer reports: Mecklenburg County voters on Tuesday rejected a sales tax increase for the second time in five years, despite a million-dollar campaign and support from prominent community leaders. With all but one precinct reported, more than 57% opposed the quarter-cent tax increase, which would have raised $50…
    Sam Hieb, November 6, 2019
  • Greensboro’s ‘No Straw November’

    Via today’s press release, the City of Greensboro has launched its ‘No Straw November’ program, designed to increase awareness of plastic straw usage and its effect on the environment. According to the web page, here’s how you can participate in No Straw November Join fellow Greensboro residents in…
    Sam Hieb, November 5, 2019
  • Surprise–Charlotte council’s Silver Line vote depends on sales tax hike outcome

    The Charlotte City Council has has delayed a vote on a $50 million contract to begin preliminary work on a new light rail line until results from the proposed arts-and-parks sales tax hike on tomorrow’s ballot are known. Should the sales tax hike pass, it would make it problematic…
    Sam Hieb, November 4, 2019
  • When Henry Cisneros praises Greensboro….

    Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros was in Greensboro on Wednesday to speak about issues facing cities today. Rhino Times editor John Hammer reports Cisneros praised Gboro for its efforts to become a great 21st century city: Cisneros said, “Greensboro is poised to participate in the new…
    Sam Hieb, October 31, 2019
  • “As you know, tax increases are not easy. It takes money.”

    So says someone advocating for Mecklenburg County’s proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike on Tuesday’s ballot: “It just takes a lot of money to educate and to get our message out,” said Darrel Williams, who chairs the Partnership For A Better Mecklenburg. “As you know, tax increases are not easy. It…
    Sam Hieb, October 30, 2019
  • RIP former Sen. Kay Hagan

    Sad news yesterday that former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan died yesterday at her home here in Greensboro. Hagan had been in poor health since contracting the Powasan virus from a tick bite during a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2016, speculated her husband, Charles Hagan III. Hagan…
    Sam Hieb, October 29, 2019
  • Charlotte’s $50 million ‘first step’ toward new light rail line

    At Monday’s meeting, the Charlotte City Council will vote on a $50 million contract that would begin preliminary work on a 26-mile light rail line running from Matthews to Belmont. As the Observer reports, “the cost of the rail line is unknown, but it’s the biggest in a…
    Sam Hieb, October 25, 2019
  • Alamance commissioners put 1/4-cent sales tax hike on March primary ballot

    By a 4-1 margin, the Alamance County Board of Commissioners voted to put a quarter-cent sales tax hike on the March 2020 ballot. The rationale for putting the sales tax hike on the March primary ballot, as opposed to the November general election ballot, is to give commissioners…
    Sam Hieb, October 23, 2019