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    Stadiums are liabilities

    Julie Tisdale, in her newest report on competing bids to bring Major League Soccer to North Carolina,  highlights one of the big mistakes people make when considering buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Usually, under publicly funded stadium plans across the country, the city or county retains ownership of the…
    Joseph Coletti, August 4, 2017
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    Charlotte, Raleigh Groups Pursue Different Paths For New Pro Soccer Team

    Prospective owners are pushing competing plans to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte or Raleigh. The Charlotte plan calls for taxpayers to foot the bill for most of the cost of a new stadium. Meanwhile, the Raleigh plan calls for private financing of a stadium that would sit on leased…
    Donna Martinez, July 31, 2017
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    Results from Bonds on the ballot

    During this election cycle, many decided to offer general obligation bonds to pay for schools, streets and sidewalks, parks and recreation, water systems, and many other items.  While many might argue that these items are a function of government, should debt be issued to fund these initiatives? General obligation bonds…
    Sarah Curry, November 5, 2014
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    Top legislative issues take issue with Perdue’s Dix proposal

    The top leaders in the General Assembly, both Republicans, have taken issue with Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s efforts to transfer the Dorothea Dix campus to the city of Raleigh for a major city park. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said: “The Dorothea Dix campus is a historically…
    Barry Smith, November 27, 2012
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    How utterly complete Obama’s green energy failure has been: good job creation is in oil and gas

    Energy was a particular obsession of the president-elect’s, and therefore a particular source of frustration. Week after week, [White House economic adviser Christina] Romer would march in with an estimate of the jobs all the investments in clean energy would produce; week after week, Obama would send her back to…
    Jon Sanders, March 13, 2012
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    The Ever Expanding Smoking Ban

    When the North Carolina legislature passed a statewide smoking ban in 2009, it gave local governments the power to exceed the state prohibition by restricting smoking in additional locations, including local government grounds, such as parks. As expected, municipalities have taken advantage of this power by restricting smoking in public outdoor areas.  Earlier this year, Raleigh passed an ordinance banning smoking in parks and greenways. Now, Greensboro is considering a similar type of ban.  Greensboro is still accepting comments from the public on this proposal. When the state bans smoking in private locations, such as restaurants, it is violating the property rights of private property owners.  A property owner should be able to decide whether or not he wants to allow smoking in his establishment.  Potential patrons can make informed decisions as to whether they want to visit the establishment. When it comes to public parks, such a property rights argument doesn't exist.  However, there may even be more compelling arguments.  Parks and open public grounds aren't enclosed areas and as a result no legitimate health argument exists.  There's a big atmosphere that can protect people from someone smoking a cigarette on a bench hundreds of feet away.
    Daren Bakst, April 27, 2011