Local government

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    Hey Charlotte: If spending has such great “economic impact,” why hide huge cost overruns?

    My latest article for the American Institute for Economic Research takes note of the fact that, thanks to Eric Rowell of Hunterville’s question, the celebrated “economic impact” study for Charlotte’s proposed Transformational Mobility Network has no opportunity costs built into the model. “None.” This is a perennial problem with economic…
    Jon Sanders, September 20, 2021
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    The U-Hauls Are Coming

    Those of us who live here know very well what a wonderful state North Carolina is to call home, and if you’ve subscribed to On Locke, our weekly Monday morning newsletter, for more than a few months, you’ve likely heard me sing praises of our significant…
    Brooke Medina, August 30, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal Online on Charlotte’s consideration of its first nondiscrimination ordinance since the controversial House Bill 2. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion notes gun control’s racist history.
    Mitch Kokai, August 5, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about a clash between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican Council of State members over unemployment benefits. John Hood’s CJ Opinion highlights the need to loosen housing restrictions in N.C. communities.
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2021
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    HB-2 Deja Vu?

    In 2016, the Charlotte City Council approved an ordinance making it unlawful for private organizations to discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As written, the ordinance specifically precluded the provision of sex-specific restrooms, locker rooms, shower rooms, and dormitories. The NC General Assembly responded…
    Jon Guze, August 3, 2021
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    Finally I Can Agree: There Ought To Be a Law

    It’s common sense. And it should already be state law, but it’s not. Not yet anyway. Senate Bill 473 would prohibit types of conflict of interest and questionable actions in office by elected officials. Locke’s Andy Jackson explains. Incredibly, however, Senate Bill 473 – which had bipartisan…
    Donna Martinez, July 29, 2021
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    San Francisco Sets Example as ‘Unlivable City’

    John Hinderaker of the Power Line blog highlights the descent of the once majestic city by the bay. People are fleeing California in general, and San Francisco in particular, in droves. As to San Francisco, the fundamental problem is lawlessness. Which means not just violent crime, which the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 8, 2021
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    Asheville, Meet San Francisco

    More than 80 police officers have left the Asheville police force since January 2020, so a few days ago, the city announced that Asheville residents are on their own when it comes to the crimes and situations described below: Here’s the problem. The city is opening the door…
    Donna Martinez, June 16, 2021