• Research Report

    North Carolina’s Beach Plan: Who pays for Coastal Property Insurance?

    posted November 30, 2008 by Eli Lehrer
    North Carolina's little-known Beach Plan imposes an enormous fiscal liability on the state. Intended largely to provide windstorm insurance for coastal residents unable to find coverage elsewhere, the Plan has grown to become one of the nation's largest entities of its type.
  • Press Release

    Greenway neighbors balk at potential costs

    posted March 25, 2008
    RALEIGH – Neighbors of Raleigh’s Neuse River Greenway are much more likely than other greenway users to object to the greenway’s potential costs in increased crime, decreased privacy, and lower…
  • Research Report

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

    posted March 25, 2008 by Justin Coates, Katie Bethune, Dr. Michael Sanera
    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.
  • Press Release

    Johnston panel urges economic segregation

    posted January 21, 2007
    RALEIGH – Johnston County leaders would set up a system of “economic segregation,” if they adopt new recommendations from their Growth Management Committee. That’s the assessment of a new John…
  • Research Report

    Johnston County’s ‘Dumb Growth’ Plan: The Growth Management Committee Fails to Understand Basic Economics

    posted January 21, 2007 by Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Johnston County Growth Management Committee (GMC) believes that rapid growth has outstripped the county’s ability to keep up with essential public services. To solve this problem, the GMC is recommending "smart growth" policies. The GMC is urging the County Commission to limit home building in rural areas to one home to an average of two acres. This is a 203 percent increase in the average lot size.

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