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    Boone-Doggle: Watauga County’s proposed $1.9 million tax increase

    posted August 17, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Watauga County commissioners want voters to approve a $1.9 million sales tax increase to build new recreational facilities. If past is prologue, this new money will not be spent wisely. Watauga County commissioners recently approved the most expensive high school ever built in the state, and they did so without a vote of taxpayers.
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    Budget Crisis Is Opportunity: Bigger budget for FY’11 shows need for policy reform

    posted July 19, 2010 by Joseph Coletti
    The final budget for fiscal year 2011 spends $20.56 billion, $153 million more than the budget for fiscal year 2010. General fund availability in fiscal year 2011 excluding federal funds is $17 million less than was available in fiscal year 2010. A $7 billion shortfall (accounting for federal bailout funds, temporary taxes, pensions and retiree health benefits, etc.) in a $20 billion General Fund requires fundamental reform of state government.
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    The Clean Smokestacks Bill: A Retrospective

    posted March 4, 2010 by Kamen Nikolaev, Dr. Roy Cordato
    In 2002 the State of North Carolina passed what was officially titled “Improve Air Quality/Electric Utilities,” which became better known as the Clean Smokestacks Bill (CSB). When the CSB was passed in 2002, it was estimated to cost $2.3 billion.
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    Seize Property As a Last Resort: Eminent domain bill should protect humans, not just natural habitats

    posted June 14, 2009 by Daren Bakst
    In North Carolina, the government can invoke eminent domain and seize private property even if reasonable alternatives exist to using this power. A recent Senate bill (SB 600) would allow conservation easement holders to challenge takings in court by requiring the government to prove that no prudent and feasible alternatives exist to condemnation of properties encumbered by conservation easements.
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    Does Onslow need a sales tax increase?

    posted October 19, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Onslow County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on November 4. This report identifies almost $36.7 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than nine times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.

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