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Wednesday, January, 28 2015

Creepy, Filmy Beer City

I may have shared the old aviation and space technology joke about how a news story with a headline like, “Scientists Find Signs of Life on Mars,” translated to, “NASA Threatened with Funding Cuts.” Today, we read that MovieMaker Magazine has named the City of Asheville the second-best Mecca for filmmakers in ‘tarnation. Well, maybe […]

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More Evidence that Government is the Anti-Market

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership released a report. I could stop there; that anything with a long name released a report is really all you need to know. But I shall continue. The long-named organization with a report endorsing its opinion also has a mission statement, a set of power verbs arranged into […]

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Just a Suggestion

Let’s start blowing tax dollars on public art after we make sure we all have access to food, shelter, and meaningful employment, why don’t we?

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Playing Kissy-Kissy

What’s an M/E tax payment, and why doesn’t Asheville city staff tell us what the fair-market rent for the $1-a-month deal is? Wait! Wait! Don’t tell me. It’s ‘cuz they think opportunity costs are pipedreams hallucinated when libertarians mix qualudes and moonshine. If we can’t stop cronyism, can we stop taxation without representation and shift […]

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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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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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