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    Wake County Recommends Transit Plan To Nowhere

    posted October 14, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    On November 8, voters in Wake County will be presented with a ballot full of national, state, and local races. But they will also face a question that could cost them billions of dollars over the next decade.
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    City Incentives in North Carolina: How Large Cities Are Using Taxpayer Dollars

    posted October 6, 2015 by Sarah Curry
    This study surveys North Carolina’s most populous cities and examines how each conducts economic development in its jurisdiction. Collectively, they entered into 238 economic development contracts worth more than $65 million over the five-year period. Actual payments, however, totaled $20.2 million.
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    Economic Incentives: County By County

    posted July 8, 2015 by Catherine Konieczny, Sarah Curry, Joseph Coletti
    Between FY 2009 and FY 2014, 81 out of North Carolina’s 100 counties participated in economic development activities. Counties entered into 776 contracts worth nearly $284 million in incentives over the five-year period. Actual payments, however, totaled $144 million.
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    By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

    posted June 22, 2014 by Michael Lowrey, Dr. Roy Cordato
    The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.
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    City and County Issue Guide 2014

    posted February 4, 2014 by Research Staff, Jon Sanders
    Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.
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    CCNC Flaws: Why Community Care of North Carolina is Failing Patients, Taxpayers, and Policymakers

    posted October 21, 2013 by Jonathan Ingram and Katherine Restrepo, Daren Bakst
    The debate over NC’s Medicaid program pits defenders of the status-quo Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) model against reformers touting Governor McCrory’s proposed Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina. This report identifies and explains CCNC’s flaws and shows how the Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina is a far more effective approach to not only improve patient health, but also rein in Medicaid spending and save taxpayer dollars.
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    By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2011

    posted April 21, 2013 by Daren Bakst, Michael Lowrey
    Counties and towns are critical levels of government in North Carolina, providing or administering many services while taking in billions of dollars of revenue. This is especially true as the state government has increasingly shifted more taxing authority to localities to make up for money kept by the state. While the importance of county and municipal government is great, obtaining comparative data is difficult. To help address this problem, By The Numbers provides information on how much local government costs in every city and county in North Carolina.

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