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(4.24.08) Does Tyrrell need a land-transfer tax increase?

The Tyrrell County commissioners are asking county residents to triple the land-transfer tax rate on May 6 (from 0.2 to 0.6 percent). This report identifies nearly $2.3 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than four times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.22.08) Does Onslow need a sales tax increase?

The Onslow County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $34.8 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than eight times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.22.08) Does Wilkes need a sales tax increase?

The Wilkes County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies over $16.7 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than 11 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.22.08) Does Wilson need a sales tax increase?

The Wilson County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $23.2 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than 11 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.21.08) Does Guilford need a sales tax increase?

The Guilford County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies nearly $83.4 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — over five times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.14.08) Does Ashe need a land-transfer tax increase?

The Ashe County commissioners are asking county residents to triple the land-transfer tax rate on May 6 (from 0.2 to 0.6 percent). This report identifies $9.4 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — nearly 10 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.14.08) Does Gaston need a sales tax increase?

The Gaston County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $54.4 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — almost 12 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.14.08) Does Haywood need a sales tax increase?

The Haywood County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $16.2 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — over 10 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.14.08) Does Lincoln need a sales tax increase?

The Lincoln County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $26.3 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — over 17 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.14.08) Does Nash need a sales tax increase?

The Nash County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $18 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — six times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.14.08) Does Wayne need a sales tax increase?

The Wayne County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $39.1 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — almost 15 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.09.08) Does Duplin need a sales tax increase?

The Duplin County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies about $17.7 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than 21 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.09.08) Does Lee need a sales tax increase?

The Lee County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies almost $10.3 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — over 6.6 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.09.08) Does Randolph need a sales tax increase?

The Randolph County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $33.5 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than 13 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.09.08) Does Stanly need a sales tax increase?

The Stanly County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $23 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — over 16.7 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.


(4.08.08) Education Tax Credits in North Carolina: Innovation in Education

As one of the oldest forms of school choice in the United States, education tax credits empower low- and middle-income parents to choose schools that best meet their children’s needs. Cost-effective, constitutional, and consistent with federal and state tax policy, tax credits enjoy bipartisan support among education reformers and parents; in fact, the number of states with education tax credits has tripled over the past 10 years. Tax credits create a vibrant education marketplace by making private schooling affordable for low- and middle-income families seeking a fresh start for their children.


(3.26.08) Raleigh’s Neuse River Greenway: Nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live next to it

Greenways are linear parks that benefit users with opportunities for exercise and enjoying nature. However, costs would be forced on homeowners by the City of Raleigh without any countervailing compensation. Users of the greenway, on the other hand, would receive benefits without incurring costs commensurate with the benefits received.


(3.10.08) A Wind Power Primer: Emission reduction negligible for land-intensive, unreliable, noisy, ugly bird-killing turbines

Wind power is generated through large groups of massive industrial wind turbines, sometimes as tall as 50-story skyscrapers. Like the wind itself, wind power is intermittent and extremely unreliable. The wind must be strong enough, but not too strong, to generate power. So wind cannot be used for baseload generation nor to meet peak demand. For example, to avoid a blackout, a Texas grid manager recently had to cut off electricity to some customers, in large part due to a sudden drop in wind power.


(2.28.08) Job Training That Works: Public programs stagnate, while private and charitable training excels

Researchers have consistently found that government-provided job training and placement programs are wasteful, inefficient, and sometimes even counterproductive. Researchers have also consistently found that private providers of job training yield strong, positive results.


(2.27.08) Taxes, Subsidies, and Regulation: A Guide to North Carolina’s Proposed Global Warming Policies

In 2006, North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) formed an advisory group called the Climate Action Plan Advisory Group (CAPAG). This group's task was to develop recommendations for specific actions to help reduce or prevent climate change.


(2.26.08) Jail Diversion Programs: A step toward better mental health reform

Sixteen percent of all jail and prison inmates have serious mental illness. One in every 10 police encounters involves a mentally ill individual.


(2.20.08) Dropout Prevention Grants: Good money for bad ideas

Last year’s 5.24 percent dropout rate was a four-percent increase from the 2005-06 school year and was the highest rate in seven years. Only 70.3 percent of students in North Carolina graduate in five years. Over the last ten years, the North Carolina General Assembly has repeatedly tried to address the troubling dropout problem with no apparent success. The latest initiative, dropout prevention grants, will likely have little short-term or long-term effect on the dropout rate.


(1.31.08) The Anaheim Solution: How N.C. cities can redevelop without using incentives or eminent domain

North Carolina cities and towns can spur redevelopment of their downtowns without using economic incentives or eminent domain to seize private property to give to private developers.
The city of Anaheim, California, adopted policies that revitalized its downtown without using eminent domain powers or economic incentives. Under the leadership of Mayor Curt Pringle, Anaheim developed a plan that relied on reducing government regulations and stimulating private-sector investment.


(1.29.08) By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2006

County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions of dollars in revenue. Their roles grow ever greater as state government shifts more taxing power to localities to make up for money kept by the state. Still, finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in North Carolina.


(1.24.08) Annual Report on Teacher Pay: N.C. teacher compensation is more than $5,000 higher than the national average

When adjusted for pension contributions, teacher experience, and cost of living, North Carolina’s adjusted teacher compensation is $55,731, which is $5,401 higher than the U.S. adjusted average compensation and $4,811 higher than the U.S. adjusted median.


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