Submitted by Martha Brock on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 4:50pm
Financing the Future: Reforming State Tax for North Carolina
May 7, 11:45 a.m.
Emerging Issues Commons, James B. Hunt, Jr. Library
NC State University
1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
$10 Registration Fee
North Carolina’s economy and population have changed dramatically over the last century, yet our financial systems have remained relatively stagnant. As our population and infrastructure needs change, so too, must our tax system. Tax reform is a complicated and often contentious issue, and North Carolina has once again begun weighing the prospect of reforming the State’s tax system.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 9:47am
Dix Campus Action Plan: Why was it killed?
The Raleigh News and Observer and WRAL TV and WRAL.com have repeatedly quoted those who claim the Dix Property lease that was signed in December was the direct culmination of eight or more years work. But WRAL reported on another proposal that would have involved NC State University in a joint venture for future use of the Dix Campus. The N&O then also wrote in December 2012 about the Dix Campus Action Plan. WRAL’s Laura Leslie obtained the Plan from the Governor’s office according to emails I have just obtained from NCSU--after requesting them 12/12/2012.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 7:31pm
Little known fact for anyone interested in transparency in government or in Gov. Bev Perdue’s Hail Mary pass for a touchdown, as she leaves office: leasing Dix Hill for a park. I have been doing some research and calling usually well-informed sources about a section of a story that appeared in the N&O on Dec. 3rd.
It told of another plan for the use of the Dix Campus that would actually have benefited those with mental illness. (You know--those folks for whom the Dix Hill was created in the first place?) But I came up empty in finding out the whole story.
Matt Garfield wrote the story referencing NCSU's plans, and he brought up a plan that would have created a Mental Health Think Tank as well as a park and a Center to promote entrepreneurship. Sounded good to me. Unfortunately, it was not reported in the media until after the plans were cancelled at the last minute.
In two letters to the partnership's land manager obtained by The News & Observer, Campbell bragged about his connections, writing that he had the "political presence" and "strong relationships throughout state government" to get developments approved "much quicker than any other developer."
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