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    North Carolina cities are among best performing

    The Milken Institute, an economic think tank out of California, has published their 2017 Best Performing Cities report, and Raleigh comes in #2 in the nation.  Other North Carolina cities also make the list, with Charlotte at #12, Wilmington at #35, and Asheville at #65. The report is limited…
    Julie Tisdale, January 16, 2018
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    Changes to zoning in Wilmington

    Wilmington’s Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on changes to the city’s zoning ordinances on January 29th.  The proposed changes should be welcomed. They also reveal one of the major problems with zoning. The planning commission will be voting on 11 individual changes, and they’re mostly minor amendments to details…
    Julie Tisdale, January 15, 2018
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    Not getting the Toyota-Mazda plant wasn’t really a loss

    I know it’s not a popular position, but I was actually relieved to see that North Carolina didn’t win the Toyota-Mazda plant.  Why?  Because, according to the Commerce Secretary, North Carolina was prepared to offer $1.5 billion to get the company to locate here.  With the plant projected to…
    Julie Tisdale, January 11, 2018
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    Asheville restricts short-term rentals

    In the least surprising move of the week (maybe the month), Asheville passed tighter restrictions on short-term rentals last night.  I wrote yesterday on this blog about why it’s a bad idea.  Asheville should get out of the way of property owners who want to use their homes…
    Julie Tisdale, January 10, 2018
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    Asheville should let the market drive short term rentals

    Tonight, Asheville will join other cities across North Carolina and the nation in voting on greater restrictions on short term rentals.  I’ve written about this issue before, and many of the questions I have for Asheville are the same. In particular, I have to wonder if this…
    Julie Tisdale, January 9, 2018
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    Sugar tax avoidance at Costco

    Costco is looking out for its customers in Seattle with signs that show how much the “recovery fee” on sweetened beverages adds to the price of drinks and where to find the drink at other Costco locations outside the city limits. Starbucks customers may not need to worry because…
    Joseph Coletti, January 5, 2018
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    Something to ponder during this holiday shopping season

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online offers food for thought for shoppers scrambling to find last-minute Christmas gifts. I’ve been to the Taj Mahal, Mount Rushmore, and St. Paul Outside the Walls. (“The alabaster columns were a gift from Muhammad Ali,” the priest showing us around said. “The…
    Mitch Kokai, December 19, 2017
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    What about grocery store neutrality?

    Jessica Melugin of the Competitive Enterprise Institute uses a USA Today column to expose flaws in the arguments of those who are apoplectic about the recent “net neutrality” rollback. [N]et neutrality would ban Internet providers from blocking any legal content. The reasoning for such a ban is dubious.
    Mitch Kokai, December 18, 2017