Local government (page 7)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the demise of the proposed Durham-Orange light rail line. The Daily Journal critiques recent decisions from the University of North Carolina’s governing board.
    Mitch Kokai, March 29, 2019
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    Raleigh overregulation kills off e-scooters

    Once again, when market choices don't square with their dictates, Raleigh's leaders choose to be on the cane-waving side of the "Keep off our lawn" news stories.
    Jon Sanders, March 28, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on a recent check of transparency among N.C. county governments. The Daily Journal suggests debate about gerrymandering in North Carolina involves a “Barry Bonds effect.”  …
    Mitch Kokai, March 26, 2019
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    LISTEN HERE – HeadLocke 045: Applying free-market economics to urban issues

    The latest HeadLocke podcast episode is out. Cities play a major role in the way we live our lives. Free-market economics could play a much larger role in helping those cities function better. That’s one potential outcome of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
    Anna Manning, March 19, 2019
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    Media rage still can’t make light rail a viable transit option here

    The NYT is upset, but that doesn't change the reality that fixed-rail lines are a 19th century solution with a 19th century authoritarian approach to a 21st century problem. Should we build a super-expensive fixed line, when we could have flexible busing — oh, and Uber and Lyft?
    Jon Sanders, March 19, 2019
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    Causes and effects of unfunded public pensions

    Unfunded pension liabilities are driving up the cost of state government borrowing. For states, there may not be much difference between Republicans and Democrats. But for local governments, Democratic control means more unfunded promises. When people voter with their feet, the problem gets worse: Today’s public-sector employees…
    Joseph Coletti, March 5, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Johnny Kampis reports for Carolina Journal Online on criticism of city-owned broadband systems. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how a faulty number helped skew the federal health care debate.  …
    Mitch Kokai, February 27, 2019
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    JLF’s Joe Coletti: Voters Should Be Wary of Charlotte Tax Hike For the Arts

    JLF Senior Fellow Joe Coletti shares his concern about a proposed sales tax hike in Charlotte to fund the arts. His views were published Sunday in a letter to the editor of the Charlotte Observer. In the letter, he advises Charlotte voters to learn from what has occurred in…
    Donna Martinez, February 25, 2019