Local government

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    Missing Money in Wake County Shows Need For Better Oversight of County Offices

    JLF’s Julie Tisdale, who looks at activities of local government, offers her perspective on the missing money in Wake County. The Wake Register of Deeds fiasco offers an extreme example, but one wonders whether other local government offices in the state that have had cash disappear.  Unfortunately, humans are…
    Donna Martinez, September 22, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    In more than a quarter century of exposing N.C. government boondoggles, Carolina Journal has highlighted some major turkeys. Rick Henderson discusses two of them — the Randy Parton Theatre and the Global TransPark — during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes the latest…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello of Carolina Journal Online interviews the founder of a political action committee that focuses on Raleigh’s regulation of short-term property rentals. John Hood’s Daily Journal advocates a quicker pace for state education reform.
    Mitch Kokai, September 18, 2017
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    Tonight: Guilford County Commissioners Vote On Taxpayer Funding For High Point Ballpark

    Julie Tisdale provides this background and guidance on tonight’s vote in Guilford County. Guilford County Commissioners will vote tonight on a package to finance a downtown ballpark facility in High Point and commit increased tax revenues to the project for the next twenty years.  While the project…
    Donna Martinez, September 7, 2017
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    Pump the Brakes On Golf Cart Regulations

    Is Carolina Beach going to ban golf carts? Our Julie Tisdale looks at what could be on the horizon. Sometimes, local governments seem to create solutions to problems that may not even really exist in the first place.  And usually, when they do, those “solutions” create tremendous burdens on…
    Donna Martinez, August 24, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on the continuing search for a workable strategic plan for North Carolina’s Global TransPark. John Trump details local governments’ response to this year’s “brunch bill.” John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why recent N.C. employment numbers suggest state leaders should sharpen…
    Mitch Kokai, August 23, 2017
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    Former House Speaker Pro Tem: Plastic Bag Ban May Be Unconstitutional

    From Carolina Journal: Apex attorney Paul “Skip” Stam, a Republican who was House speaker pro tem before retiring from the legislature in 2016, circulated a memo to General Assembly members on the constitutionality of Session Law 2009-163. In it he argues the law violates several items in the North…
    Donna Martinez, August 21, 2017
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    MLS stadium Plans For Charlotte and Raleigh About to Flop?

    Mecklenburg County refuses to subsidize a stadium while Raleigh bid proposes stadium on state-owned land. Carolina Journal compares the two plans for the possible expansion of MLS into North Carolina. Details here.
    Donna Martinez, August 7, 2017