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Wednesday, September, 17 2014

Why Bother Competing For Customers When You Can Use Government To Keep The Competition Out

You can always spot the person who is afraid to compete. They spend their time trying to eliminate the competition rather than improving their product or skills. Here’s a recent example involving taxicab operators in Milwaukee who have tried to prevent the city from lifting the arbitrary cap on taxi licenses. The Institute for Justice […]

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“An ongoing shift away from labor and towards machinery will accelerate if the minimum wage is increased.”

There is little mystery about the economic impact of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hours, and President Obama and like-minded liberals want. The latest Duke University survey of CFOs tells the stark tale of how business will respond. Here are a couple of key facts from the news release. Few affected firms would […]

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Federal Inspectors General Say Congressional Focus Is Wrong

From Federal News Radio: Lawmakers doubled down on requirements that IGs review agency conference spending and the use of purchase and travel cards following the 2012 conference scandal at the General Services Administration. Many IGs don’t think the mandated audits are a smart use of their time, according to the survey. “The effort required to […]

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Years after the fact, the N&O tells the truth about the Wake school board election

Once again, Wake County parents are having to worry about student reassignments. The News & Observer reports today on that rather unsurprising development. Buried within the story is this nugget: As a fast-growing district of 155,000 students, Wake County historically has reassigned thousands of students each year. In the mid- to late-2000s, high rates of […]

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Now I Know Why The Post Office Is In Such Trouble

Not even bankers have “bankers hours” anymore. Why? Because they know they’re in the service business and service requires you to be open for business before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Have you stopped by a U.S. Post Office lately? I’ve done it twice in the past week, and on both occasions, at two […]

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In Defense of (Most) Photojournalism

Regardless of the recent examples of unethical photojournalism, most photographers have very high standards.

Will TTA Use Eminent Domain?

Many in the Triangle fear the TTA will resort to Kelo-style eminent domain condemnations.

The Joke's on U

In the new movie, "Accepted," a group of friends make up their own college after being rejected by real ones. The real joke is, the hoax college isn't any more outrageous than many real ones.

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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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