Local government (page 8)

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    Amazon changes its mind–New Yorkers should be happy

    New York City and State were on the verge of handing over up to $3 billion in subsidies to Amazon as an enticement (bribe) to get them to locate a new headquarters on Long Island in Queens. Luckily for the people of New York, Amazon is backing out of the…
    Roy Cordato, February 14, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has added Opportunity Scholarship vouchers, disability grants, and education savings accounts to its school choice program in recent years. Terry Stoops analyzes each of these choices during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joseph Coletti discusses a recent scandal involving local sales taxes in…
    Mitch Kokai, February 1, 2019
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    Broken Promises in Buncombe: A-B Tech’s Missing Money

    When Buncombe County voters narrowly approved a 2011 sales tax hike, it was promised the funds would pay for a $130 million repair and renovation plan for Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. JLF’s Joe Coletti looks into the years-long diversion of revenue into the county’s general operating fund. None of…
    Donna Martinez, January 21, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the Wake County school system missing its enrollment projections. Dan Way reports on State Auditor Beth Wood pointing out ;pcal governments’ fiscal mismanagement. John Trump’s Daily Journal delves into the politics of North Carolina’s alcohol control system.
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2019
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    Uber and Lyft Are Popular, and That Has Boston Officials Concerned

    As if Boston officials don’t have enough real challenges to deal with, it seems some are concerned that too many people are benefitting from ride sharing in Boston –– about 96,000 each day in 2017, according to the Boston Globe. That can’t be a good thing, right? So what…
    Donna Martinez, January 9, 2019
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    GoDurham buses losing money; but the train is coming

    Durham’s transit agency, GoDurham, is cutting routes and changing others as management tries to reduce a budget shortfall over the next five years. Plans for a  $2.47 billion light rail system to connect Durham and Chapel Hill continue to advance. How does that happen? The city started bus routes…
    Joseph Coletti, December 14, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    N.C. legislators have loosed restrictions on the state’s targeted tax incentive program for economic development. Jon Sanders explains why that’s a bad idea during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops offers a firsthand account of North Carolina’s charter school development process. UNC-Chapel Hill business…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    Mercatus gives the lessons Raleigh needs to attract the next big project

    The Mercatus Center explains why Amazon chose where it did for its HQ2(s) — and what lessons cities need to draw from it. Those lessons will sound familiar to JLF readers.
    Jon Sanders, December 6, 2018