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    New directions for conservative giving

    Daniel Schmidt and Michael Hartmann pay homage to Michael Joyce, long-time president of the Bradley Foundation, and draw lessons for the future direction of conservative giving, which they see becoming more diverse and personal. There is a lot worth reading in the essay, but some of the areas where…
    Joseph Coletti, June 22, 2018
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    Who Gets What When a City or State Breaks Apart?

    California is known for many things, and now a push to break up the state tops the list. The push for ‘three Californias’ is the most fascinating current example of efforts to break apart from a current jurisdiction by people who believe they aren’t being represented by current policies and/or…
    Donna Martinez, June 21, 2018
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    Tax Break for Charlotte Panthers Proposed Again

    The Carolina Panthers may have a new owner, but at least one thing remains constant, a provision tucked away in an otherwise unnoticed bill to provide a special tax break to the team (and Charlotte’s minor league baseball team). As explained last year, the Panthers (and Knights) rent the…
    Joseph Coletti, June 14, 2018
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    A fresh look at American highways

    Robert Poole writes at National Review Online about the need to rethink the way America treats its highways. It’s not hard to see that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way we fund and manage the highways we all depend on. Highways are one of our basic…
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2018
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    Revenues slow, surplus remains

    The big April boost in government revenues has been followed by a more normal May in a pattern that looks similar to what the state experienced in FY2015-16, according to the latest numbers from the Office of the State Controller. The surplus will likely not be as large as…
    Joseph Coletti, June 12, 2018
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    Rocky Mount bets big on government

    The big gamble at the heat of Rocky Mount is it’s Event Center, on which the John Locke Foundation has considered an unwise burden for taxpayers and raised a number of questions on its financing through debt without a vote of the taxpayers, its initiation before lower property values were…
    Joseph Coletti, June 8, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    You might not think of a teenager stuffing his face with chocolate cake when you hear the words “targeted tax incentives.” But Joe Coletti does make that mental connection. He explains why during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson analyzes this year’s race for…
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2018
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    Rocky Mount taxes and spending

    Rocky Mount leaders expect the 2.5-cent property tax increase this year will be the last needed to cover their big bet on the Rocky Mount Event Center. The tax hike is the second in two years, but the first was extremely painful for city government and residents alike. Because…
    Joseph Coletti, June 7, 2018