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Wednesday, April, 1 2015

Hear, Hear!

Reporteth the local daily: Proposed legislation in the North Carolina Senate would shift the cost of remediation classes at community colleges to the counties where the students who need them graduated from high school. . . . [Bill sponsor David Curtis (R-Lincoln)] said taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay a second time for students “to learn […]

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Rough Life

Intrigue continues in the Haywood County tax department. By way of review, Michael Matthews was a paper candidate who was elected tax collector. But since he couldn’t do all that was required, the defeated incumbent was retained by the county to help. The suitability of the current tax collector was questioned due to his history […]

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So Rich and Yet So Poor

The federal government has granted $17,911 to Haywood County to expand the capacity of high-need areas. Funds come from FEMA, but the only disaster out there is the economy. Agencies receiving portions of the federal funding have yet to be identified, and are urged to apply. To qualify, charitable organizations must: be private voluntary nonprofits […]

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Sounds More Apocalyptic Than Environmental

Former Buncombe County commissioners talk about sighting a landfill as something worse than purgatory. Macon County has settled on a piece of property, but Solid Waste Director Chris Stahl reports: The big takeaway was that I’m pretty confident this will be the last landfill ever built in Macon County.

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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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