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Monday, April, 21 2014

Government Should Pay

The City of Asheville wants to enact an anti-graffiti ordinance. The plan is to make property owners responsible for remedying the damage to their investments within seven days of a notice from the city. Failure to do so will not result in a fine, but it will roll out the welcome mat for the city […]

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Exempt Long-Nosed Hunchbacks from Vehicle Inspections

It is now Asheville City Council’s turn to oppose subjecting spent brewers’ grain used as animal feed to “the same handling, records keeping, packaging, and analysis regulations as manufactured livestock and pet food.” Of course I don’t want this to be regulated. I don’t want the other manufacturers of livestock and pet food to be […]

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I Wasn’t Going, Anyway

Governor Pat McCrory was one of a few dignitaries who was supposed to grace the Moogfest kickoff with his presence. Then word got out that he wasn’t going to show. McCrory’s people say Moogfest’s people asked the governor to cancel due to a looming protest. Moogfest’s people said there was a miscommunication. Those threatening to […]

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Unprecedented

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a memo March 27 advising state agencies — excluding entitlements and K-12 public schools — to discontinue most salary increases, to limit purchasing to minimum amounts for essential purchases only and to reduce administrative spending, including travel.

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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

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.

Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reforms

Cronyism is an umbrella term covering a host of government activities by which an industry or even a single firm or speculator is given favors and support that they could not attain in market competition. This report explains what opens government to cronyism, gives a brief rundown of recent examples of cronyism in North Carolina, and offers several possible reforms.

By the Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2010

County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions of dollars in revenue, but finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in North Carolina.

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