Local government

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that local N.C. referendums increasing government debt fared better than those that would have raised local taxes. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why suburbs hold the key to the Republican Party’s future.
    Mitch Kokai, November 12, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Gov. Roy Cooper has signed an executive order designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions in North Carolina. Donald van der Vaart analyzes the order for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Dan Way discusses the federal government’s new waiver permitting major changes in North Carolina’s Medicaid…
    Mitch Kokai, November 9, 2018
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    Beyond overregulation: Raleigh sets rules for electric scooters

    It seems as if city officials might be trying to interfere with their business model so as to make the things infeasible. If so, it would be a passive-aggressive de facto ban.
    Jon Sanders, November 8, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on the debate surrounding a controversial theater project in Mount Airy. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers advice to Tuesday’s eventual electoral “losers.”…
    Mitch Kokai, November 5, 2018
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    Can Ben Carson and YIMBYism spur more affordable housing?

    “The high cost of housing is an important factor in trapping millions of Americans in poverty,” Michael Tanner writes in National Review. “On average, Americans in the lowest third of incomes spend more than 40 percent of their income on housing, a number that rises to more than 50…
    Joseph Coletti, October 19, 2018
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    CJ: Scooter riders should be more careful, or risk tempting city officials to overregulate

    I'd hate to see this smart business model quashed by the government because of bad and dishonest (users lying to the companies providing them the service) consumption.
    Jon Sanders, October 16, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on Raleigh’s adoption of new regulations for Airbnb and similar short-term rentals. The Daily Journal asks how a state with the nation’s 9th-best fiscal health can have a governor who gets a grade of F for fiscal policies.
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2018
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    Cary taxpayers on hook for boutique hotel debt

    The Town of Cary provided loans worth $2.6 million to help open a boutique hotel, the Mayton Inn, in its downtown area. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development loaned the town $1.4 million of that total. Now the hotel’s owner, Memento Mori has filed for bankruptcy and the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 27, 2018