Planning

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    CJ Commentary: Avoiding top-down approach to disadvantaged districts

    Senior Political Analyst Mitch Kokai has written a commentary published in Carolina Journal on the discussion surrounding a recent report from the General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division. The report centers on student performance in school districts it labels “predominantly disadvantaged” (see image). Kokai explains: Evaluators identified 1,988 school districts…
    Brenee Goforth, June 24, 2019
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    Coletti Comments on “Project Bear,” A Secretive Attempt from North Carolina to Attract more from Apple

    WRAL reported on North Carolina’s elusive efforts to recruit Apple to the state. Even though Apple announced they were placing their new campus in Texas, WRAL’s investigative reporter, Tyler Dukes, reports Wake County and the Department of Commerce are still trying to woo Apple into North Carolina in an effort…
    Brenee Goforth, June 20, 2019
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    “Red, white, and gray”

    That’s the title of a new report written by Lyman Stone and published by the American Enterprise Institute. In it, Stone discusses something most of us know but don’t like to think about: “Americans are getting older.” Here are some excerpts from the executive summary: While we…
    Jon Guze, June 14, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Don’t play favorites with business taxes

    Syndicated columnist John Hood published a piece in Carolina Journal on targeted tax relief. Targeted tax relief works by – instead of lowering the general tax rates for all– offering certain companies or industries tax breaks and incentives. North Carolina has a history of supporting this system, as John…
    Brenee Goforth, June 5, 2019
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    Beware simple government solutions

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online asks readers to question government experts who claim to offer the best answers to complicated questions. The things that make people want to put czars in charge of complicated and intractable problems are also the things that make it a terrible idea…
    Mitch Kokai, April 10, 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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    Scuttling of High-Speed Rail Shows Hard Choices Progressives Don’t Want to Make

    Scott Sumner begins a recent discussion of California’s ill-fated high-speed rail project by noting: In many ways, California is the ideal place to build a high-speed rail line. The state has two giant metro areas, separated by 380 miles, which is the “sweet spot” for high-speed rail. A high-speed…
    Jon Guze, February 17, 2019
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    “God forbid if the rich leave”

    New York has received the “greatest revenue shock in recent years,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week. Cuomo said income taxes will be $2.3 billion lower than expected when he introduced a $178 billion budget last month. “That’s as serious as a heart attack. This is worse than…
    Joseph Coletti, February 7, 2019