• Press Release

    CLI Poll Shows Support for Public Vote

    posted January 13, 2004
    RALEIGH — Voters in Raleigh and Wake County are overwhelmingly in favor of holding a referendum on a proposal from city and county officials to build a new convention center…
  • Press Release

    Charlotte Has Three-Peat — in Tax Burden

    posted January 11, 2004
    RALEIGH — Local taxes and fees in Charlotte totaled more than $2,018 per resident in 2002, ranking North Carolina’s largest city No. 1 for local government costs among major cities…
  • Research Report

    Public Debt, Public Vote: Tax-Increment Finance the Wrong Approach

    posted June 9, 2003 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    State lawmakers are considering a proposed constitutional amendment to allow local governments to issue bonds without a public vote to construct convention centers, sports arenas, and other “economic development” projects. Careful research of these programs in other states reveals that they do not enhance a community’s economic growth over time. Moreover, they weaken governmental accountability to a voting public that does not favor subsidizing private businesses.
  • Research Report

    E-government: Saving Money While Better Serving Citizens

    posted January 5, 2003 by Erik Root
    Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith said that one of the greatest challenges facing local government is how to do more with less. This is certainly true for local governments in North Carolina. In the past two years, they have had to adjust to significantly more stringent budgetary constraints. This was brought on, in large part, by Governor Easley’s decision to withhold state reimbursements to counties and municipalities. Because of this localities are being forced to find innovative ways to balance their budgets.
  • Press Release

    Smart Growth Isn’t Smart

    posted August 30, 1999
    RALEIGH — Policies associated with the “Smart Growth” movement would be disastrous for North Carolina communities, according to a new report released today by the John Locke Foundation. Smart Growth…
  • Press Release

    Increase Highway Budget

    posted March 18, 1999
    RALEIGH—North Carolina should spend an additional $410 million annually over the next seven years — without raising taxes — to get back on track in maintaining and expanding the state…

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