• Research Report

    Wake County Recommends Transit Plan To Nowhere

    posted October 14, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    On November 8, voters in Wake County will be presented with a ballot full of national, state, and local races. But they will also face a question that could cost them billions of dollars over the next decade.
  • John Locke Update

    Natural consequences of high density city plans

    posted September 8, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    This week, the News & Observer ran a piece titled, “Self-storage developers eye prime real estate in Wake.”  My first thought was that this sounded like good news.  Developers…
  • John Locke Update

    Selecting Our Representatives

    posted July 21, 2016 by Jon Guze
    In a previous Update I discussed two North Carolina redistricting cases—Harris v. McCrory and Covington v. North Carolina—both from the US District Court for North Carolina’s Middle…
  • Research Report

    Review of the Wake County Transit Plan

    posted January 30, 2012 by Thomas A. Rubin, Dr. David Hartgen
    The draft Wake County Transit Plan, released in November 2011, proposes a doubling of bus service, new commuter rail service between East Garner and Durham, and light rail service between Cary and northeast Raleigh. The expanded service is proposed to be funded by a 1⁄2-cent sales tax, a $10 increase in vehicle registration fees, increased vehicle rental fees, transit bonds, state and federal funds, and rider fares. The estimated cost of the expanded bus and commuter rail plan is $2.8 B, and the full plan (including light rail) $4.6 billion through 2040.
  • Research Report

    Minority Report: From a Member of the Wake County Citizens’ Facilities Advisory Committee

    posted September 17, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    What follows is the minority report I submitted to the Wake County Citizens’ Facilities Advisory Committee on Thursday, September 13, 2007. Although I am a member of that committee, the chairs of the committee, John Mabe and Billie Redmond, denied my request to have this report included with the final committee report.
  • Press Release

    Wake school group omits construction cost data

    posted September 17, 2007
    RALEIGH – A Wake County school facilities study group has ignored research data that could help taxpayers save millions of dollars while building new schools more efficiently. The John Locke…
  • Research Report

    Feng Shui Schools: Wake County’s Unenlightened School Building Program

    posted October 22, 2006 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The most critical challenge facing Wake County Public Schools is to find the most responsive, cost-efficient, and timely way to provide seats for a growing student population. In this regard, the school system’s proposed $1.056 billion school facilities spending plan falls short.

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