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Tuesday, September, 16 2014

Greenville Has a Tourist Industry, Too

I know true-blue, classic-liberal free marketers are turned off by the lite treatment the Atlas Shrugged movies have given Ayn Rand’s novel. That said, I know of at least five Ashevillians who wanted to or already did go to Greenville to catch Part III – and that’s just about as many people as I’ve spoken […]

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Cronies Rule!

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and Buncombe County Chair David Gantt cosigned a letter to the Tourism Development Association eagerly endorsing the proposed contribution to the newly forming Enka Youth Sports Organization. Once the county sells its spec building on the cheap to Wicked Weed, proceeds from the sale will go to make a park for […]

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Voting in Closed Session?

According to an article in the Watauga Democrat, the Boone Town Council voted in closed session. The appropriateness of the illegal action is not what is aggravating the affected party. Members of Boone’s Culture Resource Advisory Board found out about their ouster not via a courteous memo, but through a mass media broadcast. They were […]

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Why I Wanna Be a Crony

I was talking to somebody yesterday who is more intelligent and accomplished than I will ever be. She did not understand why I opposed government giving Wicked Weed incentives. She argued that ends justify means, and the companies that use tax collections to pad their bottom line create so much jobs and prosperity for the […]

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Western N.C.'s Greatest Hits

Transit system impact

Asheville's transit system has the smallest impact on regional travel, according to a report by Dr. David Hartgen of UNCC.

Asheville congestion

Future road congestion could threaten North Carolina’s economy, but Asheville is better prepared for congestion than most other N.C. cities.

Shuler and amnesty

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., and several Republican members of Congress try get Senate to resist attempts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

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Research

By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

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