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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on enforcement questions surrounding Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide face mask order. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights how progressive politicians are hurting downtown areas.
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on the negative impact for local governments of Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent executive orders. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains that North Carolina’s economic recovery is too slow.
    Mitch Kokai, June 22, 2020
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    Charlotte Arts and Science Council still adjusting to reality

    Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council went to the people of Mecklenburg County last fall to get a quarter-cent sales tax increase. The tax would have raised $50 million each year for the county, with $22.5 million going to the ASC, whose budget is currently $15.5 million. If the tax hike…
    Joseph Coletti, June 19, 2020
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    JLF’s Jon Sanders On Why Wake Forest Doesn’t Need Public Broadband

    On May 19, 2020, the Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jon Sanders, submitted comments to the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners on a proposal to finance a fiber infrastructure project. Sanders opposed the proposal for several reasons, namely: An uncertain economy for the foreseeable future…
    Brenee Goforth, June 5, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on COVID-19’s negative impact for N.C. counties’ finances. John Hoood’s Daily Journal explains that riots destroy more than property.
    Mitch Kokai, June 3, 2020
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    Audit Finds Rocky Mount Officials Wrote Off Nearly $50,000 in Utility Bills

    A recent audit centered around Rocky Mount uncovered some questionable fiscal behavior. Carolina Journal’s Don Carrington writes: Several Rocky Mount officials prevented the city’s utility payment office from attempting to collect $47,704 Mayor Pro-Tem Andre Knight owed in past due utility bills. That’s the main finding of an investigative report issued…
    Brenee Goforth, May 20, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Thousands of N.C. public school students have been learning online in recent weeks. But many students have not participated at all in remote learning since COVID-19 shut down brick-and-mortar schools. Terry Stoops analyzes the consequences during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Donald van der Vaart…
    Mitch Kokai, May 15, 2020
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    How Local Governments Can Respond to Lost Revenues

    This week, the State Policy Network, an organization that brings together free-market think tanks across the country, published a piece by the John Locke Foundation’s Joe Coletti. The piece focusses on what local governments can do to face the challenges coming out of the coronavirus outbreak. Coletti writes: Local governments…
    Brenee Goforth, April 29, 2020