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Hearing Voices / Lynda Aiman-Smith on the
“Quality of Life” Tax Increase

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Dr Lynda Aiman-Smith is still a member of the Graduate Faculty of Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.  However she is a native New Mexican who has finally come back home.  Her areas of expertise are management, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As well as being active in research and teaching, she has been a serial entrepreneur, and a manager in corporate America.

This installment of Hearing Voices is her commentary on the special election for a tax increase.  There is no controversy there – it is definitely a special election to authorize a tax increase.  The meeting of Thursday 25 July at the WNMU Forum is posted in its entirety here.

To provide some context,  its boosters characterize its purpose as enhancing “Quality of Life” and give assurance that the revenues obtained would be applied to five projects that they have outlined in only the broadest strokes.  This gives rise to a number of contentious issues.

Perhaps the most glaring is that the ballot says nothing about the five projects – and thus there is no guarantee that these projects will be undertaken nor that other unspecified projects would not be substituted.  The ballot language authorizes the use of the revenues for many other purposes beyond the five projects including the expansion of jails or construction of a new prison.

So please listen and we hope that you find Lynda’s commentary to be informative and instructive.
Lynda Aiman-Smith on the “Quality of Life” tax increase

Also please note that a public forum on this issue took place on Thursday 25 July 2013.  The complete recording of this forum is posted here.

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