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Thursday, April, 17 2014

The never-ending UNC-CH athletics and academics scandal

Round 675 or whatever we’re to by now of this mess. Deborah Crowder, the person that effectively ran the university’s African studies department, is now talking to investigators, so we can expect more revelations soon. Crowder is actually originally from Charlotte (a fellow Independence High graduate even, though years ahead of me). The Raleigh News […]

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What the city could do to start rebuilding trust

It’s very simple: drop its attempts to justify the secret vote to raise taxes to fund improvements at privately-owned Bank of America Stadium and for other not-identified-at-the-time economic development projects. Whether the city had the legal right to do what it did is now entirely beside the point. Openness reduces the potential for corruption. Poorly-designed […]

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US Airways reduces Brussels and Lisbon service

Before its merger with American Airlines was approved, US Airways announced plans to add daily summer-seasonal service to four additional destinations in Europe this summer: Manchester, England; Brussels, Belgium; Lisbon, Portugal, and Barcelona, Spain. Over the weekend, the airline loaded a revised flight schedule that trims service to Brussels and Lisbon to only four days […]

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Meanwhile in Raleigh

The Carolina Hurricanes missed the NHL playoffs. Again. And it’s a team with issues, and those issues start at the top says Raleigh News & Observer columnist Luke DeCock: Even as the Carolina Hurricanes wrap up a fifth straight season without a playoff appearance Sunday at the Philadelphia Flyers, fans will be happy to know […]

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The UPoR on film incentives

For those not following the issue, N.C. State professor Robert Handfield produced a study for the Motion Picture Association of America claiming that state film incentives produced significant benefits for North Carolina. This drew a response from economists Patrick McHugh and Barry Boardman of the Fiscal Research Division, questioning Handfield’s methodology. McHugh and Boardman concluded […]

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Charlotte's Greatest Hits

Black got sweetheart deal

As jailed former state House Speaker Jim Black mounts a campaign for early release, critics contend that the state justice system did favors for Black regarding the settlement of his $1 million fine.

Questions about Black settlement

Wake County officials say imprisoned former House Speaker Jim Black satisfied a $1 million fine by surrendering some Mecklenburg County real estate, but questions remain about the real market value of the property.

Black settlement may not add up

Imprisoned former House Speaker Jim Black used undeveloped land with a tax value of less than $150,000 to pay off an outstanding $500,000 state fine.

Fat CATS

Colleen Calvani writes that the Charlotte Area Transit system will scale back some routes in an attempt to counter three major decreases in funding.

McCrory’s failure

Jeff Taylor argues that Pat McCrory failed to carry Mecklenburg County because he failed to move its conservatives.

Lynx And Exploding Pipes

Jeff Taylor says there may be another factor to blame for CMUD’s recent series of water leaks.

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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.

Raleigh Convention Center: Throwing good money after bad

This report examines 52 contracts signed by the Raleigh Convention Center for the period of July–December 2011 and is a follow-up to the September 2008 John Locke Foundation report “The New Raleigh Convention Center: A taxpayer-funded money pit.”

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