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Raleigh Mayor Wants State Law Reversed

Posted April 18, 2008

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— Raleigh's mayor wants state lawmakers to reverse a recent law that eliminates the city's right to zone state-owned property within a six-block radius of the State Capitol.

The law was created and passed following a dispute over the city's wanting to build a parking deck near McDowell and Jones streets for shopping and retail purposes.

"I should have read the bill more carefully. I should have understood the implications of it, and I did not," said Sen. Janet Cowell, D-Wake, who authored Senate Bill 1313.

"There was no discussion at all, and there was really no debate. I think that there should have been discussion between the state and local governments, and the state overreacted and just put out a bill that is not acceptable," she said.

The city is hoping to have the bill reversed during the short session, which reconvenes in May.

"There was no reason for the city not to be consulted," Meeker said. "A number of members of the General Assembly – I've been to their fundraisers, functions. Yet, none of them had time to call me? I was extremely disappointed."

Meeker says the city will now pay a lobbyist thousands of dollars to watch out for Raleigh's interests.

Cowell said she thinks that is a good idea.

"When you have the Wake County delegation, you're dealing with 13 individuals," she said. "Even the best of intentions – if you don't have that two-way help to help you funnel bills through, they can easily get snagged up, even when the whole delegation is trying to work together."

Cowell said she is receptive to a repeal of the bill and plans to work with the city and state over future disputes.

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  • dmccall Apr 18, 2008

    The city is doing a good job with at least wanting to create a neat downtown. It would be nice if the State were anywhere close to being on the same page. The state does everything it can to create dank, depressing workplaces, and ships employees out of downtown to rundown, old perimeter office buildings when the city does good things.

  • S82R Apr 18, 2008

    "There was no reason for the city not to be consulted," Meeker said. "A number of members of the General Assembly – I've been to their fundraisers, functions. Yet, none of them had time to call me? I was extremely disappointed."

    Am I the only one that finds an issue with this statement?

  • districtcadvocate Apr 18, 2008

    I feel sorry for Janet. She is running for State Treasurer. Having this kind of discussion in the media while the voters are at the polls deciding whether or not you are able to be the Treasurer for the State of North Carolina has to be troubling all around.

    I wish her well.

    As for Mayor Meeker,

  • 37 Apr 18, 2008

    What are they talking about? There is already a public parking deck at McDowell and Lane streets, one block from Jones.

  • Fun Apr 18, 2008

    Janet Crowell is as lame as lame gets. She ran unopposed and got it. Right after she one I was introduced to her by chance. I told her, I hope you will work to reduce spending and lower taxes and government waste. Her response, "thats what the people say they want,but it's not what they really need." She needs to move back where she came from.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 18, 2008

    Okay, so how do you "write" a bill and not know what it is in it? Could the answer be, she did not actually write it? As to the Mayor, boo hoo hoo, you can not annex something. Oh boo hoo. Go back and plant all the trees you allowed to be destroyed. Remember when you ran your tree campaign?

  • inquistitor Apr 18, 2008

    Where exactly would they put the parking deck? There isn't much free space in that area.

  • Vietnam Vet Apr 18, 2008

    "I should have read the bill more carefully. I should have understood the implications of it, and I did not", said Sen. Janet Cowell, D-Wake, who authored Senate Bill 1313.

    "There was no discussion at all, and there was really no debate. I think that there should have been discussion between the state and local governments, and the state overreacted and just put out a bill that is not acceptable."

    Here we go again...our tax dollars and politicians hard at it!!
    This says it all!!