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Friday, October, 31 2014

Canton Leaders: Have Nuclear Capability, Intend to Use

Objective analysis of available data, as well as common sense, should lead one to conclude that economies improve not by master planning, but by The Wee People happily, diligently, and creatively producing items worthy of trade. Economies may also be stimulated by war, but we’re supposed to be too enlightened to pursue that path anymore. […]

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Greed: Still Insisting on Title to That Which the Community Manages

Several people who could arrange time away from work and family attended a Cullowhee Planning Advisory Committee meeting. They wished to advocate for their property rights, in light of a proposed district zoning map. Possibly telling was commentary from Mike Clark, a property rights advocate who recently resigned from the CPAC. He said those he […]

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Maybe “Warren Buffet Museum” Would Help

At last night’s city council meeting, there was a big brouhaha over whether or not a building should sell naming rights. The Asheville Art Museum is in a lot of deep doodoo as far as insider fiscal conservatives are concerned, but who gives a rotten flip about what the building is called? Arguments against the […]

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Jefferson Was Wiser Than Me

Wise Democracy North Carolina has selected a phrase from the nation’s founding documents, and is seeking to make that the end-all and be-all of government. The group “implements Wisdom Councils,” which are groups of twelve randomly-selected citizens made safe and heard by a, no doubt divinely impartial, Dynamic Facilitator who “keeps the group moving forward,” […]

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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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