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Have we got a deal for you! The Dorthea Dix property back at NCGA!
Some people simply can't let the city of Raleigh have nice things.

A bill filed late Thursday by three Republican N.C. senators would put the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property up for bid – likely revoking a deal reached between Raleigh leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to create a park.

The bill is sponsored by senators Ralph Hise, Louis Pate and Tommy Tucker – the same trio who sponsored the bill two years ago that revoked Raleigh’s original lease on the property, which had been signed by outgoing Gov. Bev Perdue.

Way to stick it to your own governor, gentlemen! It may be hard for him to get reelected with a General Assembly that undermines his every attempt at being a governor.

Not to mention how hard it is to sell NC as a great place for business when the General Assembly continually legislates away business deals involving municipalities. Our counties and cities also have to sell themselves as good locations for business. Will NCGA be going over their deals, looking for a better way?

North Carolina simply cannot continue to be the state that undermines it's own elected officials in their ability to make deals.

Here's a link to the bill.




Sen. Josh Stein, a Raleigh Democrat and an attorney, said the legislature’s power over McCrory’s deal is unclear. “It’s a very interesting legal question,” he said. “There is a valid contract between the state and the city, and I don’t know that the legislature has the right to interfere with an existing contract.”

But Stein said he hopes the dispute doesn’t wind up in a courtroom. “This needs to be stopped from the get-go,” he said.