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Real-World Example Of How Bureaucracy Impedes Business

The Raleigh City Council recently got an earful about the city’s development services when land-use attorney Tom Worth told them about the impediments imposed by  the development bureaucracy. I point this out not to simply jump on the city, but to illustrate that bureaucracy and regulations have very real and very costly impacts. City Manager Russell Allen says things have improved.

In his 15-minute appearance, Worth focused largely on his work representing developers of the 401 Oberlin project across from Cameron Village.

The apartment-and-retail building won approval following lengthy negotiations. To placate wary neighbors, the developers reduced the number of apartments from 280 to 250.

Worth called the 401 Oberlin negotiation an “odyssey in agony” because of the maze of rules and regulations.

Worth said the developers had to wade through bureaucracy to get a demolition permit before they could begin submitting development plans for review. The process has since been streamlined to allow developers to simultaneously move forward on both tracks.

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$29 Billion Gone

Over at sister blog The Locker Room, Mitch Kokai has posted a must-read excerpt from Bloomberg Businessweek about the reality of the taxpayer bailout of GM. And the reality is stomach-turning for taxpayers.  And yet, this is deemed a marvelous success by the Left. Hardly.

 

 

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“The way to turn our economy around is not by making rich people poorer; it’s by making poor people richer”

Sen. Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, recently spoke before an Iowa crowd about many issues, but his comments about the economy and the family should be the battle cry of every person who wants this country — and a family oriented culture — to survive and prosper.

In his speech, Rubio weaved together the personal and the economic. He discussed the importance of a stable family life to a stable economy, and how critical the success of the middle class is not just to the country’s financial situation, but also to its place in the world. American exceptionalism, Rubio said, is important to every nation, not just the United States.

“The way to turn our economy around is not by making rich people poorer; it’s by making poor people richer,” Rubio said.

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The Power Of The Individual

Hats off to NC State students who are volunteering to pack meals to be shipped to areas of the world where hunger is a very, very real problem.

Stop Hunger Now began its meal packaging event in 2005 and the agency has since packaged more than 80 million meals, according to its website. At 25 cents, the packaged meals are inexpensive and can last up to five years. One meal includes a mixture of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a seasoning packet that contains 21 essential vitamins and minerals. 

The durable packaging also allows the agency to distribute meals to regions in crisis, although the program is mainly dedicated to providing lunch programs among struggling countries. 

The organization’s philosophy, outlined on its website, entails that parents will more likely send their children to school if schools provide meals, and the consequence would result in a better educational experience, and combined with other efforts for social justice, can end the cycle of poverty in the developing world.

If this group and activity isn’t a good fit for you, I hope you’ll find one within your church or community that is. If you believe in the power of the individual and our responsibility not to wait for government or others to take action for us, then now is the time to get busy.

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More Than 30,000 Families On N.C. Charter School Waiting Lists

North Carolinians are demanding education options as more and more parents realize the traditional public school classroom is not the best learning situation for their kids, even though that choice works for others. Public charter schools are just one option, but they rightly were given a big boost when the legislature voted to lift the arbitrary 100-school cap. While new charters are in the pipeline, demand grows for seats. Right now, according to this Carolina Journal story by Dan Way, more than 30,000 North Carolina families are on waiting lists. Next year, we are likely to see more movement by the legislature to expand choices further. And that is excellent news.

More than 100 districts now have at least 10 percent of public school students in charter schools, including Durham Public Schools, which enrolls 3,450 students in its nine charter schools and 32,654 in noncharter schools.

The report “is a reminder of what is happening in North Carolina — that families are demanding high quality educational options,” Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, said in a written statement. 

There will be 132 charter schools in North Carolina in 2013. 

“The fact that these schools can individualize their curriculum to a student’s particular needs while producing results is why the demand for public charters is growing across North Carolina,” Allison said. He hopes to see the number grow, particularly in rural areas.

According to the report, there are more than 610,000 students nationwide on waiting lists to attend charter schools. In North Carolina, more than 30,000 families are on charter school waiting lists.

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