Category: Local Government

  • They Raised Our Taxes, Again

    The new 7 percent sales tax starts December 1, just in time for holiday shopping. I am sure it will help us all get into the Christmas spirit – of giving, and giving, and giving. . .

  • Ozzie Nelson – or Secret Agent?

    The Easley administration is now threatening counties with political retaliation if they join a lawsuit over reimbursements. It is a truth stranger than fiction, and sets the mind to wander.

  • New Hanover Should Join In

    A lawsuit against the Easley administration over reimbursements to counties may be the only way to keep the state's hands off other jurisdictions' money. New Hanover should join the suit.

  • Let’s Have More Elections

    Local budget debates this year have illustrated a striking pattern: counties are pretty much holding the line on taxes, while cities are hiking them. This shows the importance of keeping North Carolina's politicians on a very short leash.

  • A Good Idea from Charlotte

    Yes, the Queen City occasionally has something to teach the rest of the state — this time the lesson is about using private contractors to deliver Medicaid services more efficiently.

  • Easley to Mayors: Stick It

    After inviting the mayors of North Carolina's largest cities to come up with ways to balance the state budget without using local revenues, Mike Easley greeted their sound proposal yesterday with a loud and rude “no.”…

  • City Planning and Property Rights

    Governments tend to move inexorably toward more regulation, and this has certainly been true in the field of state and local regulation of development and building. Some rules are necessary, but the burden should be on government to justify any infringements on property rights on strict constitutional grounds.