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Sunday, August, 2 2015

Is It Coincidence? Or Is Money Really Fungible?

This weekend, LEAF is hosting a festival downtown. This follows an urgent request from representatives of that group for $15,000 at the last city council meeting. The group, allegedly due to red tape, missed the last cycle for outside agency consideration. Councilpeople Jan Davis and Gwen Wisler spoke against breaking with procedures. Wisler wanted to […]

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Anti-Free Trade

Asheville made USA Today last week because local merchants wanted an ordinance to limit the number of chain stores. They fear homogenization. City Attorney Robin Currin told them state law forbade that. So, while the merchants look for other ways to incentivize buying local, they will probably be seeking a statute. Asheville Area Chamber of […]

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Who Turned off the Vortex?

$590,000 collected by Asheville’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau from poor, wayfaring tourists in grief has been spent on a new branding campaign with videos and a new slogan.

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Taking Broad Liberties to Jump to Narrow Conclusions

My gripe this morning is going to be about how it is deemed cool to use bad grammar. We all know bureaucrats are too busy shuffling mind-numbing paperwork to proofread, so we’re used to those word processing errors that, in local legislation, we pray nobody will take literally at some future date. Now, the practice […]

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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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An Alternative Budget: Response to the governor's proposed budget for the upcoming biennium

The John Locke Foundation is continuing its tradition, started in 1995, of offering an alternative to the governor’s budget recommendation. Consistent with prior years, this JLF budget focuses on core government. This budget spends less in both years of the biennium than the governor’s, and only increases spending by 2 percent from the last fiscal year.

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.

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