Local government

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    It’s Been Called A Civil Liberties Debacle. Find Out Why.

    It’s been called a civil liberties debacle.  Watch Jon Guze, John Locke Foundation director of legal studies, explain civil asset forfeiture and federal equitable sharing programs in North Carolina. Guze offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. Jon has written extensively about…
    Donna Martinez, November 18, 2017
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    In Asheville, the market is working

    This is why I love the market. Uber and Lyft introduced something new.  All of a sudden, consumers had an alternative to taxis, and given the success that these ride sharing services have had, it appears that consumers love the model.  Of course, the losers were taxi companies, and many…
    Julie Tisdale, November 16, 2017
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    Cato study outlines one corporate tax credit that’s ripe for repeal

    Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute highlights the following information about his latest study. As Republicans pursue tax reform, Cato has released a study on one corporate tax break that is ripe for repeal. In “Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: Costly, Complex, and Corruption-Prone,” Vanessa Brown Calder and I…
    Mitch Kokai, November 16, 2017
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    Billion dollar incentive packages

    Is it me, or do these incentive packages just keep getting bigger?  The Triad Business Journal is reporting today on a report that North Carolina and Alabama are the two finalists for a new Toyota-Mazda plant.  And then they talk about the possible sites, all of which have already…
    Julie Tisdale, November 15, 2017
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    The State and Local Tax Deduction makes no sense

    Tax policy is as much about regulation as it is the efficiency and simplicity of raising revenues to pay for government activity. The regulatory aspect is clear in Ronald Reagan’s famous adage: “If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.”…
    Joseph Coletti, November 15, 2017
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    How far does a dollar go?

    I read an interesting piece today about the value of a dollar.  Actually, the value of $100, and how it compares in cities across the US. The Tax Foundation published this map back in August.  It compares the purchasing power of $100 in a particular metro area with the…
    Julie Tisdale, November 14, 2017
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    How market forces are obsoleting central planners’ expensive light-rail dreams

    Rail transit is losing riders in big numbers nationwide. Technological changes and market forces — greater job dispersal, Uber and Lyft, low gas prices thanks to fracking, and soon, driverless cars — are making a foolhardy venture even worse.
    Jon Sanders, November 14, 2017
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    ADUs should be an easy win for Raleigh

    When I find myself agreeing with the Indy, I get a little uncomfortable.  And, in fairness, I guess “agreeing” isn’t quite the right word here.  After all, the Indy appears to have been quite careful about actually expressing an opinion on the issue.  But their article this week, under the…
    Julie Tisdale, November 9, 2017