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Sunday, February, 7 2016

Prudence Prevailed

The Transylvania County Commissioners rejected an offer to partner in a feasibility study for a new courthouse and athletic building. The county was but one recipient of Brevard College’s invitation to partner. It was only asked to give $25,000. Commissioner Larry Chapman said the county had done enough studying, teachers hurting for supplies could put […]

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Empowering Criminals

The good news is, members of Hendersonville City Council decided not to vote themselves special privileges. The bad news is, they voted to abridge citizens’ inalienable rights. The subject was gun control. Council unanimously agreed they did not want to be able to carry guns in city hall if they have a CCP. The point […]

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Pipe-Dreaming that Words Could Have Meaning

On Changes, WWNC 570-AM’s public affairs programming this morning, if I heard aright, Director of NC Policy Watch Chris Fitzsimon said: I believe in the free market, depending on how we structure it. – which is not as bad as a former local politician’s equating it with cronyism.

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“Needed to Medicate All Henderson County Citizens within 24 Hours”

Henderson County sent out its monthly “E-Newsletter” with the usual nanny-state advice on how to stay warm and telling us to eat food only a king or somebody on food stamps can afford – for a healthy heart. It’s the usual butter’s good – butter’s bad – butter’s good kind of thing. But this is […]

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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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