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Saturday, September, 5 2015

Latest on Duke

Following a month or two of bad press and presumably better ideas in the press, representatives from Duke Energy addressed a crowd to share why they needed to build a new plant, why they needed to build now, why they can’t build in certain places, why they can’t experiment with fledgling technology, and why they […]

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You to Know He Knows You’re Here

US Senator Thom Tillis will be setting up a western office. He has chosen to put it in the Historic Hendersonville Courthouse because his fellow senator, Richard Burr, has one in Asheville. The office will be staffed two days a week. Said Tillis: It’s important for them to know that I know that there’s a […]

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Plea for a Flip

Jackson County school administrators want more localized control in setting their calendars. “Raleigh doesn’t give a flip about our safety when they determine our calendar for us and limit me to starting this late,” Superintendent Mike Murray said during an Aug. 25 school board meeting. “We are held under by a group of people who […]

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Embrace Illegality

Parents were angry and demanded sanctions. Erwin High School teacher Jesse Reeck cried. She was under fire for having her students post signs with phrases like “Illegals Go Home” and “America is for Americans” in the hall outside the classroom. Reeck said she was terribly sorry for letting the class assignment leak out of the […]

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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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