Local government

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Mecklenburg County voters recently rejected a sales-tax increase for “arts and parks.” Joseph Coletti places that vote in context of N.C. counties’ overall record on recent sales-tax votes for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts discusses his work with a group called RIP Medical…
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2019
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    NYC Is Outsourcing Its Homelessness Problem

    NBC’s San Antonio affiliate reports: More than 12,000 homeless New Yorkers are being relocated to about 370 cities around the country. San Antonio is expected to receive several people from New York, all of who are getting a year’s worth of rent and money for furnishings,…
    Jon Guze, November 4, 2019
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    “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
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    Charlotte 6th easiest city to do business in North America

    A new report examines how easy it is to do business in cities around North America. The  start a business, register a property, get electricity, find and keep employees, pay taxes, and get through insolvency. Charlotte ranks sixth on the index, behind Oklahoma City, Arlington (VA), Sioux Falls,…
    Joseph Coletti, October 28, 2019
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    Restrictive zoning is doubly harmful to increasing housing options

    Housing options increase in high-demand areas unless restrictive zoning laws are in place. If they are in place, however, they're doubly harmful to affordable housing.
    Jon Sanders, October 21, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online on tax and bond measures voters will face in North Carolina in November. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal focuses on the need to fix North Carolina’s election redistricting process.
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online on Mecklenburg County’s November vote on a controversial sales tax increase. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal examines the judicial overreach tied to a decision throwing out North Carolina’s legislative election maps.
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2019
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    What is killing the American Dream?

    Eric Levitz at New York Magazine claims the American Dream is being killed. He blames three policy decisions by which “we let” wages fall, prices climb, and the social contract fail. My colleague Mike Schietzelt raised the primary objection when sharing the article with me, that Levitz defines…
    Joseph Coletti, October 8, 2019