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    Public Financing of MLS Stadiums Warrants a Red Card

    posted August 4, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    When Major League Soccer (MLS) started play in 1996, there were 10 teams in the league and the whole undertaking faced an uncertain future. Despite the wild popularity of soccer…
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    Rocky Mount Event Center

    posted December 7, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    In 2012, residents of Rocky Mount started hearing about plans for an event center. The city council was talking about a project that would spur downtown economic development and…
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    The Cost Of Bike Lanes

    posted July 19, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    Millions Of Your Money Spent On Vanity Projects for The 1%?
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    The Map Act: JLF’s amicus brief in Kirby v. NCDOT

    posted November 8, 2015 by Jon Guze
    The John Locke Foundation has a long-standing interest in the Map Act, which we have criticized for being “inefficient, unfair, and unnecessary.” We have repeatedly urged the General Assembly to repeal or reform it. We have also taken a keen interest in Kirby v. NCDOT and in the legal and constitutional issues that it raises.
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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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    North Carolina Budget FY 2015 – 17

    posted September 21, 2015 by Sarah Curry
    For fiscal year 2015-16, the General Fund budget will rise 3.1 percent to $21.7 billion, below the combined rates of population growth and inflation. The following year, the budget will have an overall increase of less than one-percent.
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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
    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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