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Monday, December, 22 2014

Not as Good as Not at All

Somebody is referring to the City of Asheville’s Christmas decorations as “malnourished.” What do you expect? Do you think somebody is actually going to cut a tree, thereby reducing CO2 absorption?

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Dufus Goes to . . . the BLS Site

Still failing to see economic recovery among friends and acquaintances, or just driving down the road, I, Dufus, went to the BLS web site to see what I could find. As you might expect, it was nothing. Actually, I am on a quest to discredit IMPLAN numbers with real-world stats. I started by going to […]

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Get Rich Quick, Again

IMPLAN is at it again. This time, Tom Tveidt, now working for SYNEVA, is using it to justify a performing arts center for Asheville. The idea has been in the works for a long time, and a nonprofit known as the Asheville Area Center for the Performing Arts, has been working as its pursuit group. […]

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I’d Prefer a McDonald’s in Ethiopia

Asheville is getting its first Ethiopian restaurant. On days when we’re not fasting, for just under $15, people can eat moldy bread without utensils. I’m sure it’s good, but I have these stereotypes of starving children in Africa to overcome.

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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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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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