Category: Land Use Planning

  • General Assembly unanimously passes first Hurricane Florence relief package

    State lawmakers told tales of destruction of and struggles in hurricane-battered communities before unanimously approving $56.5 million spread over two emergency response bills. Debate was muted as members voted on the bipartisan measures, which House and Senate appropriations subcommittees approved earlier Tuesday, Oct. 2. With…

  • Costs to rebuild after Florence will swell amid tariffs, trade war 

    Tariffs will make reconstruction more expensive and possibly slow efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Florence, builders and economists say.   As the Trump administration remains locked in escalating trade disputes with China, North Carolina faces higher costs from existing tariffs on steel and Canadian lumber.   Before the hurricane hit…

  • House picks subcommittees to probe Matthew recovery, ACP fund

    The General Assembly’s newly created subcommittees to investigate the pace of spending on recovery efforts for Hurricane Matthew and the unusual side fund negotiated by the Cooper administration with the operation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are complete. In a Thursday, Sept. 6, press release, from the office of…

  • EPA confirms GenX-related compounds used in solar panels

    FAYETTEVILLE — Although top national environmental regulators confirmed GenX and related chemical compounds are used to produce solar panel components, they say their research does not prioritize what risks that might pose to the environment and human health. Peter Grevatt, national director…

  • Wilson among smaller cities considering microtransit

    The public transportation system in Wilson, as in many places, needs taxpayer subsidies to keep the buses running. The difference between the cost of operating the system and revenues, led by passenger fares, is more than $1 million a year. As is the case with other…

  • Scare tactics to push government policies for renewable energy

    The News & Observer writes unquestioningly about another renewable energy industry report that promotes ongoing government favoritism for renewable energy. “Clean energy is becoming an increasingly important part of North Carolina’s economy,” begins the N&O. But the report itself, “Renewables on the Rise 2018” from the Environment N.C. Research & Policy…

  • Note to lawmakers: Don’t mess things up 

    Starting in 2011, North Carolina lawmakers have implemented transformational changes resulting in a strong and growing economy. More people are working, more opportunities are available, and a streamlined, more efficient state government is treating residents more fairly and equitably.    We’ve come a long way. Don’t mess it up.   Faced with a $2.6 billion shortfall in 2011, legislative leadership…