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NCDOT Ensures No Improvements on I-77 for 50 Years

The I-77 tolling contract contains a non-compete clause that allows Cintra to be compensated for lost revenues resulting from certain public improvements. Basically, if we add any general purpose interstate lanes we’ll not only pay for construction costs but also whatever revenues Cintra is projected to lose. There are a few exceptions to this. One exception is if […]

May 5, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Random Thoughts From Huntersville

My family relocated to Huntersville from south Charlotte in late 2013 so I’ve not quite been here two years. Below are a few Huntersville-focused random thoughts (à la Thomas Sowell) because I haven’t yet taken the time to turn any of these into full-length articles. – I recently completed Huntersville 101, a nine week civics […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Feds Approve $189M in Bonds for I-77

Today the TIFIA Credit Council met to review Cintra’s proposal for $189 million in taxpayer-backed bonds. Despite the fact that three fourths of toll revenues will go to the NCDOT, despite the fact that the contract has to be amended so key provisions right now are just placeholders, despite two extensions of the deadline at […]

April 17, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Financial Close Postponed… Again….

NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners (the LLC Cintra set up for the private toll lanes) extended the Financial Close deadline another 45 days. The contract signed by Cintra and NCDOT on June 26, 2104 required Cintra to post a $15 million bond which they would forfeit if they did not close on time. The original […]

April 8, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Sales Tax Allocation Changes Could Right a Wrong

Let us assume that taxes should be applied equitably, collected efficiently, and distributed to benefit society in general. If this is true then our NC tax system, designed and controlled by Democrats for generations, fails on all counts. Comes then a Republican legislature in which some have the intent to change this Red Queen system. […]

April 7, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Feds Poised to Loan Millions Based on “Placeholder”

Suppose you are applying for a loan to buy a house. You’ve been working with a lender for the past two years and today you’re ready to get loan approval. You stated your income on the loan application as, let’s say $100,000. But in reality you don’t know if that number is $100,000 or $25,000. […]

April 1, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Rightful Remedy Conference Comes to Charlotte

The Rightful Remedy Conference will be held on March 28 at UNC Charlotte from 9am to 5pm. Six well respected speakers will discuss both history and modern practical application of the 10th Amendment, nullification, and other ways in which government power can be decentralized and brought closer to the people. The federal government has massively overstepped its Constitutional boundaries and citizens across […]

March 20, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

WidenI77 Spokesman Honored on Sunshine Day 2015

Durham, N.C. – (March 16, 2015) – Kurt Naas, spokesman of the citizens group WidenI77, received the 2015 Citizen’s Award today by the N.C. Open Government Coalition at their awards program in Durham. The N.C. Open Government Coalition works to unite organizations interested in ensuring and enhancing the public’s access to government activity, records and […]

March 17, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat | Read More »

Smoking Bans and Property Rights

On March 18, 2015 a Mecklenburg Board of Health rule takes effect prohibiting smoking in all government-owned buildings in Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, and surrounding Mecklenburg County towns, as well as any City, County or Town vehicle, grounds, park, greenway, or parkland. A separate County ordinance makes Mecklenburg County parks and buildings on […]

March 13, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

The Ridenhour – Cotham Townhall Meeting

Last night, for what I believe is the first time ever, two Mecklenburg County Commissioners from different Political Parties held a joint town hall event at Morrison Regional Library. District 5 Republican Matthew Ridenhour and At-Large Democrat Pat Cotham spent roughly ninety minutes discussing issues and answering questions.  The duo was joined by the two Republican Charlotte […]

March 5, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,House Specials | Read More »

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