Local government (page 5)

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    Preventing and responding to ransomware attacks

    Cities and counties across the country and in North Carolina are tempting targets for ransomware attacks that block access to computer systems until the hacker receives money. More attacks on governments have been reported in North Carolina this year than over the past three years combined, although it is…
    Joseph Coletti, August 30, 2019
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    Surprise–WSFCS board committee supports quarter-cent sales tax hike

    The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education’s finance committee voted to support the county’s proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike that would go on the ballot in March 2020. Winston-Salem Journal reported “several school board members had concerns about what would happen to funding in down years when the county…
    Sam Hieb, August 21, 2019
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    North Carolina not alone: Most states miss the mark with internet sales tax collections

    For years, budget experts have forecast billions of dollars in new revenue if state could just get online retailers to collect sales taxes like their Main Street counterparts. The National Conference of State Legislatures projected North Carolina would raise $426 million a year. Since companies started collecting sales tax for…
    Joseph Coletti, August 19, 2019
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    It’s Time to Reform the N.C. Criminal Code

    This week, JLF’s Mike Schietzelt reported in a research brief on the state of North Carolina’s criminal code. Schietzelt puts forward an ordinance from Lillington, N.C. as an example of the overcomplexity and disorganization of criminal laws in the state. Lillington Ordinance 90.26 reads: 90.26 POSSESSION OF ANIMALS AND STRAYS.
    Brenee Goforth, August 14, 2019
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    Hm. Raleigh’s scooter monopoly dislikes competition.

    The market for e-scooters is highly competitive. Other cities, including Charlotte and Durham, allow several scooter providers to compete for riders. Not Raleigh, however, despite at least seven companies trying to do business in the city limits.
    Jon Sanders, August 7, 2019
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    Alcohol for the public good

    A letter writer to the Hendersonville Times-News worries that private liquor sales would eliminate “profits for public advantage” and put personal profits ahead of the “control and prevention of underage drinking.” Alcoholic Beverage Control managers, however, seek personal profits just as much as a private business would. The current system…
    Joseph Coletti, August 7, 2019
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    Can Higher Property Taxes in Orange County Save the Planet?

    Commissioners in Orange County, North Carolina, apparently think proceeds from a quarter-cent property tax increase would mitigate climate change.
    Jon Sanders, July 9, 2019
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    Durham DA Signs Joint Statement Regarding Abortion Laws

    Last month more than 40 state and local prosecutors–including Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry–signed a joint statement that said, in part: As elected prosecutors, we are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of all individuals in our communities. We are also charged with protecting the…
    Jon Guze, July 8, 2019