Local government

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on differences emerging between the N.C. House and Senate education budget plans. Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal pans High Point’s plan for a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium.
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2017
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    Taxation By Citation

    With Americans now paying close attention to property tax rates and tax hikes, have we become a ‘citation nation’? Writing at City Journal, Jarrett Dieterle cites example after example of cities that are relying more on tickets, fines and fees to finance government. Although Dieterle doesn’t tag the practice…
    Donna Martinez, May 24, 2017
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    Accuracy in Academia Showcases Carolina Journal Story About MIT Solar Facility in Currituck County

    From academia.org: Last year, MIT proudly announced that it was building a solar energy plant in North Carolina that it claimed would benefit both the bay and “tar heel” states. More than half a year later, those benefits are looking ever more theoretical with each passing month. “James…
    Donna Martinez, May 22, 2017
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    Is a $30 Million Ballpark a Good Investment for High Point Taxpayers?

    High Point is one of the many cities across this country that believe in the value of a sports facility to spur economic growth. As our Julie Tisdale details in this piece, there’s a fascinating new development in the story of High Point’s desire to build a ballpark. Nido Qubein,…
    Donna Martinez, May 18, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on Currituck County’s ban of new solar energy projects. The Daily Journal explains why crossover week at the N.C. General Assembly is more important for some lawmakers than for others.
    Mitch Kokai, April 25, 2017
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    Wake taxpayers add $8,485 to teachers’ paychecks

    Local salary supplements are funds added to the state-mandated base pay of school district employees.  Because the supplements are local dollars, school boards may distribute the funds as they see fit.  Some districts choose to use their local supplement to address staffing needs and priorities, while others distribute them broadly. …
    Terry Stoops, April 20, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online on High Point’s commitment to spend millions for a new downtown baseball stadium, despite the fact that the city has no team. The Daily Journal highlights criticism of a proposed federal Border Adjustment Tax that favors exports over imports.
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on the debate surrounding a bill to lift state distribution restrictions for N.C. craft brewers. John Hood’s Daily Journal makes the case for clearing up confusion about local government impact fees across North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2017