government

Fast-growing Mecklenburg is officially no longer NC’s biggest county

Unsurprising to anyone who’s experienced traffic here recently, the Charlotte area was one of the fastest-growing parts of the state over the last...

Scoop: Memos show top city staff at odds over Comprehensive Plan

The city’s economic development director wants the planning director to change several sections of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, according to memos...

Proposed city budget includes fee hikes and increased spending on CMPD

Charlotte city manager Marcus Jones proposed a $2.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2022 that includes a small increase in fees for services like water and...

Will North Carolina ever raise its minimum wage?

The recent effort to include a $15 minimum wage in the coronavirus relief bill ultimately failed. But states and cities still can and do set their own pay...

Relief bill includes nearly $420 million for Mecklenburg’s governments

This story was last updated at 12:30pm on Thursday, March 11, to include quotes from state and local officials. North Carolina is in line to receive $9...

Latinos hope 2021 brings representation on city council

Latinos make up a growing share of Charlotte’s population, but the city has never had a Latino member on city council. Why it matters: More than 14% of...

Could the ‘troubling’ confederate flags on North Carolina license plates be coming to an end?

Editor’s note: This story was update on Feb. 1. As of Jan. 1, 2021, the N.C. DMV is no longer issuing confederate flags on specialty license plates. The...

It impacts everything from bus routes to new grocery stores. Here’s why you should care about the census

If you care about getting grocery stores in your neighborhood, having access to public transit, and seeing federal funding go to your schools, you should fill...

North Carolina could close its ABC stores and privatize liquor sales, but Mecklenburg County isn’t on board

N.C. lawmakers are considering a new bill that would dismantle the state’s Prohibition-era monopoly on the sale of liquor. But Mecklenburg County...

Charlotte homeowners could face triple-whammy on their tax bill

For the past half-decade, Charlotte homeowners have enjoyed some stability in their tax bills. That will almost certainly be coming to an end. In 2019,...

Facebook Live is changing how our local leaders govern

A few days before a vote on a new SouthPark townhome project, freshman councilman Tariq Scott Bokhari paced the sidewalk along Sharon Road and pointed his...

Push for more pay could torch new City Council members’ political capital and spark fight with legislature

In his first meeting as a city councilman, Braxton Winston reinvigorated a debate that has simmered off and on for years — should our local elected officials...