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Raleigh looks at hiring lobbyist

Posted April 1, 2013

— Mayor Nancy McFarlane asked Raleigh officials Monday to look into hiring a lobbyist to help deal with current legislative issues.

"It seems to be becoming a necessity these days, " McFarlane said. "We want to make sure we're looking out for our citizens' best interest."

Raleigh has taken issue with lawmakers' attempts to void the city's lease of the former Dorothea Dix property for a park, as well as legislation that would prohibit cities from dictating the appearance of new homes and would scrap local business privilege taxes.

The privilege tax generates $7 million a year for Raleigh, and McFarlane said the city would have to raise property taxes if that revenue is lost.


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  • cwmllc1952 Apr 4, 2013

    Keep on spending Raleigh ! Just add another Fee or raise Property Taxes. After all Raleigh Citizens all have a tremendous excess of CASH.

  • hawkbruc Apr 4, 2013

    "We want to make sure we're looking out for our citizens' best interest."

    Well , how about quit being a sanctuary for illegal aliens . My wages have been down for over 20 yrs now due to the fact that I have to compete against them . When will my "best interest" come into play ?

  • glarg Apr 3, 2013

    how bizarre but I suppose that is how these politicians brains work. Lets raise the tax rate to pay for a lobbyist to explain why need to be given money.

    Seems like a pretty easy process to walk across the street to where the Legislature meets and talk with them.

    Verses hiring a person to walk across the street and talks to the Legislators.

  • free2bme Apr 3, 2013

    It is a sad state of affairs in NC. The NC GOP legislature has done nothing but caused ill will from all sides. I don't like lobbyists but I do understand why one is needed for Raleigh at this time.

  • Danny22 Apr 3, 2013

    So they can figure out how to get us to pay for a park for Raleigh.

  • CrazyFoxofCary Apr 2, 2013

    Just what the world needs ... more lobbyists.

  • baldchip Apr 2, 2013

    Sure glad I don't live in Raleigh. In JoCo-we have very good relationships with our Legislators!! They even return calls to every day citizens!!

    Talking with them nicely might be a good place to start!!

  • Honesty Apr 2, 2013

    Our elected official are doing what they campaigned on. Now people aren't as happy with those that were voted IN, and they want a lobbyist to help. So messed up. I ma glad I didn't vote for those in office. I am just disappointed that I have to "deal" with them until the majority votes them out. We sway one direction one term and to the opposite extreme the next. Neither position is good. I just wish that for once the representatives we voted in would represent THE (all) PEOPLE in a BALANCED approach and not just what puts them ahead or their personal agenda.

  • LocalYokel Apr 2, 2013

    How much does it cost to bribe our government? Times are tough and politicians should be cheaper to purchase. $200k? $400k?

    There is not much motivation to fix our corrupt government so we might as well play the bribery game. It does set a bad precedent but lobbyists are already allowed for corporations and special interest groups.

  • davidgnews Apr 2, 2013

    Lobbyists are the bane of a representative government.