• Taxpayers Pay Price For Lightly Used Charlotte Light-Rail Line

    RALEIGH – Taxpayers are picking up more than 90 percent of the tab for a lucky few commuters riding Charlotte’s LYNX light-rail line, despite the trains’ limited public benefit for traffic congestion, air quality, or land use. That’s a key finding in a new John Locke Foundation Policy Report.

  • Sports Millions Bring Meager Returns

    CHARLOTTE — In the last six years, Charlotte and other nearby local governments have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in sports and recreation-based economic development projects. Far from being a slam-dunk, the projects have badly underperformed versus expectations.

  • UNCC Resources Push Charlotte Transit

    CHARLOTTE — State employees and resources were used to prepare a report written to the specifications of opponents of the repeal of the half-cent transit tax levied in Mecklenburg County, emails to and from UNCC Chancellor Phil Dubois show.

  • JLF: Scrap Special Charlotte Tax

    RALEIGH — Charlotte could focus on real transportation problems and improve its bus system’s efficiency by scrapping a special half-cent sales tax, according to a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.

  • Feeling Sorry for the Planners

    Many residents of growing communities will say they like the notion of high-density development in theory – as long as someone else is going to live there, and it won’t be next door.

  • The Fiction of the Costless Tax

    The city of Charlotte is about to have a new government-funded tourist attraction – the NASCAR Hall of Fame – but it won’t cost local residents any new taxes, say the city and county officials who favor the deal.

  • It’s All About the Priorities

    North Carolina's most populous county is also the most-taxed among urban communities in the state. Now local officials are talking about raising taxes for schools — and funding new ballparks and museums. Talk about irony.

  • Digging for an ACORN

    A new left-wing activist group has set up shop in North Carolina's most populous city. It's already had an effect on local politics, and hopes to have an effect on policy.