Local government

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    Broken Promises in Buncombe: A-B Tech’s Missing Money

    When Buncombe County voters narrowly approved a 2011 sales tax hike, it was promised the funds would pay for a $130 million repair and renovation plan for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. JLF’s Joe Coletti looks into the years-long diversion of revenue into the county’s general operating fund. None of…
    Donna Martinez, January 21, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the Wake County school system missing its enrollment projections. Dan Way reports on State Auditor Beth Wood pointing out ;pcal governments’ fiscal mismanagement. John Trump’s Daily Journal delves into the politics of North Carolina’s alcohol control system.
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2019
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    Uber and Lyft Are Popular, and That Has Boston Officials Concerned

    As if Boston officials don’t have enough real challenges to deal with, it seems some are concerned that too many people are benefitting from ride sharing in Boston –– about 96,000 each day in 2017, according to the Boston Globe. That can’t be a good thing, right? So what…
    Donna Martinez, January 9, 2019
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    GoDurham buses losing money; but the train is coming

    Durham’s transit agency, GoDurham, is cutting routes and changing others as management tries to reduce a budget shortfall over the next five years. Plans for a  $2.47 billion light rail system to connect Durham and Chapel Hill continue to advance. How does that happen? The city started bus routes…
    Joseph Coletti, December 14, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    N.C. legislators have loosed restrictions on the state’s targeted tax incentive program for economic development. Jon Sanders explains why that’s a bad idea during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops offers a firsthand account of North Carolina’s charter school development process. UNC-Chapel Hill business…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    Mercatus gives the lessons Raleigh needs to attract the next big project

    The Mercatus Center explains why Amazon chose where it did for its HQ2(s) — and what lessons cities need to draw from it. Those lessons will sound familiar to JLF readers.
    Jon Sanders, December 6, 2018
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    Raleigh’s a great place for tech-savvy hipsters … to be upset with

    The Raleigh City Council keeps enforcing a revealed preference against disruptive innovation and playing protectionist for the 20th century modes.
    Jon Sanders, December 3, 2018
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    Charity is the latest victim of our partisan culture

    Charitable giving is lower in places with competitive politics and giving declines among people when their party is in the minority, NC State professor Richard Clerkin and his co-authors found in a recent paper. Another interesting aspect of the study is its presumption that taxes complement charitable giving,…
    Joseph Coletti, December 3, 2018