Category: Local Government

  • Focusing on local government priorities

    Most people expect local governments to pay for items such as police, fire protection, and basic infrastructure. But some local governments turn their attention to issues that have little to do with core government functions. Julie Tisdale, the John Locke Foundation’s city and county policy analyst, directed the following question…

  • Cooper picks two more for state Transportation Board

    Gov. Roy Cooper went to opposite ends of the state to select two nominees to serve on the North Carolina Department of Transportation Board. William “Billy” Clarke of Buncombe County, and Douglas “Allen” Moran of Dare County were announced Monday afternoon as Cooper’s latest two picks.

  • In higher ed’s amenities arms race, bigger is just bigger

    Testifying before the U.S. Senate in 2013, University of Wisconsin professor Sara Goldrick-Rab described college campuses as “glorified summer camps.” She said administrators were “engaging in an arms race to have the most impressive bells and whistles.” In North Carolina, the push to make every campus amenity bigger, better, and…

  • Taylor: Latest H.B. 2 strategies pose risks for Cooper, NCGA leaders

    A compromise vehicle for the controversial “bathroom bill” could exact political consequences on Republican General Assembly leaders and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, one political analyst says. Andy Taylor, a political science professor at N.C. State University, said scuttlebutt suggests House Bill 186…

  • Legislative Democrats stand up for school choice

    Democratic lawmakers don’t necessarily oppose school choice, and some are vocal advocates. Eight outspoken African-American legislators Tuesday announced their support for traditional public and charter schools, private schools, school vouchers, homeschools, and other education options. “We stand today to be a voice for…