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Monday, February, 8 2016

A word of warning

There was a report this morning of arson fires at several black churches that gave me a flashback to the summer of 1996, when I was still managing editor of The Herald-Sun in Durham. From June to September of that year there were hysterical reports of huge waves of fires set at black churches by […]

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Durham wants me to pay rent on something I already own

I got a letter yesterday from Donald Long, the director of Durham’s Solid Waste Management department. In that letter he gave me, and everyone in Durham, I imagine, the good news that the city would begin, on July 1, charging a $1.50 per month rental fee for those large brown containers you fill with leaves, […]

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Tax-funded rail spur, costing $24 million, is unused at Global Transpark

Reporting for Carolina Journal, Don Carrington follows up on what happened to the deal with Spirit AeroSystems at the Global TransPark. When Gov. Mike Easley announced in May 2008 that Wichita, Kan.-based Spirit AeroSystems would open an aircraft component manufacturing plant at the Global TransPark in Kinston, he said the company would create 1,031 jobs […]

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Will They Ever Pay The $3.5 Billion They Owe?

Federal News Radio reports on the continuing problem of federal employees not paying their taxes.  More than 100,000 employees in the federal workforce owe a total of $3.54 billion in federal taxes, according to 2014 data from the IRS. Although the number of tax delinquent feds decreased by about 14,000 from 2013, the balance owed […]

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We Should Be Thanking Legislators & The Governor For a Vigorous Debate

I find it curious that some in the chattering class seem to want legislative reformers to all think alike and have little discussion and debate over decisions that will impact North Carolinians for years to come. It seems that the marketplace of ideas is now viewed as a problem. I vigorously disagree. We should thank […]

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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.

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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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