Local government (page 107)

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    New at CJO: Critics question Bertie manager’s raise

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on criticism Bertie County commissioners face after awarding the county manager a 42 percent pay raise.
    Mitch Kokai, March 29, 2011
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    JLF expert outlines North Carolina’s need for a state constitutional amendment targeting eminent domain abuse

    The John Locke Foundation’s top legal expert says he hopes state lawmakers will move forward with a constitutional amendment to protect property owners from eminent domain abuse. Daren Bakst made the case for an eminent domain amendment during a presentation today to JLF’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below,…
    Mitch Kokai, March 28, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    High-profile political battles in Wisconsin and Ohio have generated attention for the issue of public-sector collective bargaining. John Hood discusses the implications for North Carolina in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato will explain why “market-based environmentalism” has little to do with free markets, and…
    Mitch Kokai, March 25, 2011
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    Former Rep. McMahan offers thoughts about the municipal broadband bill

    A new Carolina Beat column features former Mecklenburg County Republican Rep. Ed McMahan's thoughts about the bill designed to restrict municipal broadband services: The cities involved with MI-Connection, for example, took on $92 million in debt to purchase the local cable system out of bankruptcy, even though a private provider was willing to buy and operate the system. Citizens were promised that the system would "pay for itself," yet the operation has bled money from the start. Today it has fewer customers than when it started, and in 2010 taxpayers had to fork over $6.4 million just to keep the system running. The result: citizens of Mooresville and Davidson are on the hook for this liability they neither asked for nor got a chance to approve. What happened to the provision of the North Carolina Constitution which says local governments cannot incur debt secured by a pledge of its faith and credit, unless approved by the voters? The cities got around the constitution by promising to raise taxes to repay the debt -- not to the lenders, but to the Local Government Commission, which approved the debt. This is no way to run a railroad, as they say. ...
    Mitch Kokai, March 24, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb’s latest Carolina Journal Online report highlights increased scrutiny for North Carolina’s “councils of government.” John Hood’s Daily Journal assesses North Carolina’s system for selecting judges.
    Mitch Kokai, March 24, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb’s latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a bill that would restrict municipal broadband systems in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal challenges Democrats’ complaints that the Republican-led General Assembly’s top priorities have nothing to do with creating jobs.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
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    Familiar names top the state’s tax burden list

    If you’ve read the lead story at CarolinaJournal.com, you’ve learned the highlights of the John Locke Foundation’s latest By The Numbers report on local government tax-and-fee burdens. Joe Coletti discusses some of the key findings in the video clip below.
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2011