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Thursday, April, 24 2014

Asheville Passes New Graffiti Ordinance

Last night, Asheville City Council approved a new graffiti ordinance. It was modeled after ordinances in other cities that had seriously reduced their graffiti problems. The program is three-phased. The first step is to fine graffitists with stiffer penalties, beginning at $200 for the first offense. The second is to have a ninety-day blitz to […]

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From the Hush-Hush Side

The City of Asheville buried the hatchet over 137 acres that had been a bone of contention in the long, drawn-out water disagreement. The staff report was sketchy, and Mayor Esther Manheimer gave the matter a hi-bye treatment. In the end, the city forfeited its right to have property it availed to Henderson County for […]

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Once in Office

Yesterday, as I was reading the headlines, I thought the candidates for Henderson County Commissioners were being asked better questions than they would face behind the dais. I won’t link you to the interviews, because you might read the responses, and that could be political enough to compromise the JLF’s 501(c)(3).

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Green Your Prom

I like to walk, but I know people who are handicapped, who like me to drive me them places. It is not my place to tell them to be green and crawl. But, if our government thinks it is so terrible for us to drive around, why are they telling drunk teens that they need […]

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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

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.

Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reforms

Cronyism is an umbrella term covering a host of government activities by which an industry or even a single firm or speculator is given favors and support that they could not attain in market competition. This report explains what opens government to cronyism, gives a brief rundown of recent examples of cronyism in North Carolina, and offers several possible reforms.

By the Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2010

County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions of dollars in revenue, but finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in North Carolina.

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