• John Locke Update

    A Bad Deal for Kannapolis’s Taxpayers

    posted July 13, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    This week, the City of Kannapolis approved an incentive package.  This sort of thing has become commonplace in recent years, and there’s nothing particularly unique about the Kannapolis deal. …
  • John Locke Update

    Real Economic Development in Rocky Mount

    posted June 28, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    Over the past year, I’ve spent quite a lot of time writing about Rocky Mount’s ill-conceived event center, so when I received an invitation to a discussion about economic…
  • John Locke Update

    State Budget Includes $20 Million in Local Government Grants

    posted June 22, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    This week, the North Carolina General Assembly released its 2017-18 conference committee budget.  And there are certainly implications for local governments!  I’ve spent this week trying to figure out just…
  • John Locke Update

    Paper or Plastic? Consumers Should Be Able to Choose

    posted June 8, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    Senate Bill 434 has a pretty inspiring title: “An Act to Amend Certain Environmental and Natural Resources Laws.”  But the significance of the legislation is far greater than the…
  • John Locke Update

    State Lawmakers Should Keep the Cap on Light Rail Spending

    posted June 1, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    The North Carolina House of Representatives has released its budget and, as I expected, there are few policy changes that affect local government operations.  But there is, on page 300,…
  • John Locke Update

    Rocky Mount’s Ill-Advised Community Facility Breaks Ground

    posted March 16, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    In 2012, Rocky Mount started discussing plans for a downtown event center.  The plans were controversial, with supporters adamant that the project would bring much-needed economic revitalization to the area,…
  • John Locke Update

    Major League Competition For Major League Soccer

    posted February 2, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve written a lot about Major League Soccer (MLS) and the competing bids from Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham for a franchise.  If it feels like…

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