Local government

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    Who Gets What When a City or State Breaks Apart?

    California is known for many things, and now a push to break up the state tops the list. The push for ‘three Californias’ is the most fascinating current example of efforts to break apart from a current jurisdiction by people who believe they aren’t being represented by current policies and/or…
    Donna Martinez, June 21, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship school vouchers have a “positive, large, and statistically significant” impact for low-income students. That’s according to a new report from N.C. State University researchers. Terry Stoops assesses the report’s significance for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze analyzes the U.S.
    Mitch Kokai, June 15, 2018
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    Tax Break for Charlotte Panthers Proposed Again

    The Carolina Panthers may have a new owner, but at least one thing remains constant, a provision tucked away in an otherwise unnoticed bill to provide a special tax break to the team (and Charlotte’s minor league baseball team). As explained last year, the Panthers (and Knights) rent the…
    Joseph Coletti, June 14, 2018
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    What can we do about high-speed internet service in the mountains?

    The unique challenges of providing high-speed internet in areas of low population density and difficult terrain would seem to make government intervention more feasible. The irony is, they are what actually make government intervention less feasible.
    Jon Sanders, June 13, 2018
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    Can laws change how we shop?

    What happens to retailers and service providers in the next recession? They are reliant in the Triangle on consumers who already owe $4.5 billion in credit card debt, an average of $10,000 to $16,000 per household. Until then, experiences are displacing things in storefronts. Alex Marshall starts with a North…
    Joseph Coletti, June 13, 2018
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    Rocky Mount bets big on government

    The big gamble at the heat of Rocky Mount is it’s Event Center, on which the John Locke Foundation has considered an unwise burden for taxpayers and raised a number of questions on its financing through debt without a vote of the taxpayers, its initiation before lower property values were…
    Joseph Coletti, June 8, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    You might not think of a teenager stuffing his face with chocolate cake when you hear the words “targeted tax incentives.” But Joe Coletti does make that mental connection. He explains why during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson analyzes this year’s race for…
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2018
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    Rocky Mount taxes and spending

    Rocky Mount leaders expect the 2.5-cent property tax increase this year will be the last needed to cover their big bet on the Rocky Mount Event Center. The tax hike is the second in two years, but the first was extremely painful for city government and residents alike. Because…
    Joseph Coletti, June 7, 2018