• Research Report

    Salisbury’s Fiber-Optic Cable System: Another corporate welfare project paid for by average taxpayers

    posted May 6, 2009 by Katie Bethune, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The City of Salisbury recently decided to build a $30 million fiber-optic cable system that will offer Internet, phone, and television service to Salisbury residents and businesses. The city is paying for this system with 20-year bonds.If the system cannot attract enough subscribers, city officials have stated that they will use an increase in property taxes of 9.5 cents per $100 valuation to fund the project.
  • Press Release

    New JLF guide urges limits on local government action

    posted April 7, 2009
    RALEIGH — Local governments will serve their communities best through policies that limit taxes and regulation, while protecting private property from unnecessary government intrusion. Those are some key concepts driving…
  • Research Report

    City and County Issue Guide 2009

    posted April 7, 2009 by Dr. Michael Sanera, Daren Bakst, Dr. Roy Cordato
    Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.
  • Press Release

    Many local governments dig their own budget holes

    posted March 3, 2009
    RALEIGH — Nine of North Carolina’s 30 largest cities increased government revenues by at least 20 percent more than inflation and population growth rates from 2002 to 2007. Thirty-three counties…

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