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    N.C. economic development partnership is ‘falling short’

    I’m skeptical of any so-called ‘economic development’ initiative, especially those labeled “public-private partnerships.” So it turns out —-according to the News & Observer– that North Carolina’s economic development “public-private partnership” is falling short. The N&O cites a report from the legislature’s nonpartisan Program Evaluation Division on the Economic Development…
    Sam Hieb, January 31, 2019
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    Re: Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina

    BH Media’s northern bureau covers a forum at Rockingham Community College —-sponsored by the North Carolina Justice Center—on the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina. As reported by the paper, the majority of speakers were in favor of Medicaid expansion and some became emotional: “This is about basic…
    Sam Hieb, January 30, 2019
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    How much to raise Guilford County’s profile?

    Rhino Times reports on the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance’s first meeting of the year. At that meeting, the annual budget was set. Given GCEDA has just over $103,000 in the bank, the $100,000 each from Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County governments will push the budget to over…
    Sam Hieb, January 29, 2019
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    Greensboro City Council: Halfway there

    Greensboro News & Record columnist ponders the halfway point of the current City Council four-year term. Remember four-year terms were approved by voters in 2015, at the suggestion of Trudy Wade a former council member who was a state senator until she lost her 2018 reelection bid. The N&R…
    Sam Hieb, January 28, 2019
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    Warren’s wealth tax wouldn’t work

    Jibran Khan identifies at National Review Online problems with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposed tax on wealth. As part of her push for the 2020 presidential campaign, senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) is due to announce a plan for a wealth tax on assets over $50 million. Advised…
    Mitch Kokai, January 28, 2019
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    Charlotte scraps uptown light rail tunnel

    Charlotte Area Transit System has scrapped plans to tunnel under uptown in order to expand the city’s light rail line: Uptown is the densest part of the city, and an east-west line needs a way through. “We started with a spaghetti of lines,” said Lawrence. “Time is of the…
    Sam Hieb, January 24, 2019
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    Confederate monument perspective from the late great Krauthammer

    One my birthday presents was The Point of It All–a collection of columns by the late great political commentator Charles Krauthammer. Incredible to read Krauthammer’s opinion on matters that are pertinent today, only to realize that he had written the column in the mid-’80s or early ’90s. But one…
    Sam Hieb, January 23, 2019
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    Melissa Harris-Perry MLK Day sighting

    Seems to me former MSNBC host and Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry has been out of the spotlight for a while now. Just in case you’ve missed her, however, she was the speaker at the 39th Annual MLK Noon Hour Commemoration at Union Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. While…
    Sam Hieb, January 22, 2019