Category: Local Government

  • 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…

  • The most important counties in N.C. politics today

    Everyone loves lists, and the internet age now has us addicted to them — the top-five greatest tennis grand-slam finals between left-handers, the top 10 best-looking spouses of celebrity chefs, etc.    Obviously, I jumped at the chance when asked to compile a list of such lists of North Carolina…

  • How will the workforce change? 

    I think a lot about the job market this time of year. This is because of all the graduations of high school and college seniors, and the fact many of them will be looking for their first full-time job.    It’s a cliché to say these young people will be entering…

  • Scholarship program is a worthwhile investment 

    Debate over the impact of the Opportunity Scholarship Program was renewed recently when N.C. State researchers Anna Egalite, D.T. Stallings, and Stephen Porter published a study that found “large positive impacts associated with voucher usage in North Carolina.”    Their working paper is actually the fourth published analysis of the…

  • 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…