In many high-dollar decisions being made by local government, the public is presented with only one side of the argument. While government is away on summer vacation, these commentaries will at least scrape the surface of the other side.
Buncombe County awarded economic development incentives to East Fork Pottery, which, as part of its expansion, will be employing and rehabilitating hard-to-hire individuals, like former violent offenders.
While local government is on summer break, the opportunity is taken to talk about some supply-side economics for a change.
The International Monetary Fund estimates total government spending in the United States at almost half of GDP. This does not include costs of compliance with government regulation & opportunity costs shouldered by the private sector.
With crime rates on the rise, Asheville Police Chief David Zack encouraged the public to excercize personal responsibility and look out for each other.
Asheville City Council approved its budget with Kim Roney opposed. Roney wanted more equity and tax relief and would have preferred to freeze 30 police vacancies.
Buncombe County’s new Racial Equity Action Plan introduces directives to recruit more employees of color.
After Asheville City Council committed $2.1 million toward unspecified reparations, a handful of activists demanded another $30 million to zero out the police department’s budget.
Local Fraternal Order of Police President Rondell Lance weighed in on the Asheville Police Department’s recently announced cuts in services. Lance says officers are quitting by the numbers because leadership is caving to protesters, whose requests will harm the community.
Asheville City Council approved the purchase of land for the construction of a mixed-use affordable housing/transit development as one way of paying reparations for racism in America.