The NC General Assembly is seeking increased control over local governments through bills that would prevent mayors and city councils from deciding what’s best for their communities. An article on Bloomberg’s Businessweek.com highlights two bills, one that would take way Asheville’s ability to manage their own water supplies, and one that would take management of the CharlotteAirport away from Charlotte’s city council. In both cases, lawmakers cite concerns about mismanagement, yet offer no data to back their accusations up.
So wait. . . NC conservatives want “nanny state” control over municipalities now? Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx points out the hypocrisy of the power grab, saying, “I think the legislature would be concerned if the feds stared dictating to them . . . yet they are doing to us what they claim they dislike.”