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Coates Fall 2009/Winter 2010

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2 Coates Connection This has been a challenging year for all of us. At the School of Government, we have faced a nine percent per- manent cut to our state appropriation, and like everyone else, we have made hard decisions about how to address decreased funding. We have eliminated some positions and reduced expenses, and we continue to work at find- ing ways to be more efficient. However, we remain aware of the particular challenges faced by local governments, and we remain focused on meeting the needs of public officials in North Carolina. In addition to state funding, local government member- ship dues are an important part of our operating budget each year. Annual dues make it possible for us to offer the courses, advising, publications, and research that lo- cal officials rely on to meet the needs of their citizens. The School did not raise membership dues this year, and I am pleased to announce that every county and nearly every municipality has paid dues for the current fiscal year. This is an enormous help to the School as we work to be even more responsive to your needs. Equally important is that this support symbolizes and reinforces our longstanding partnership with local governments. Over the past several months, I have visited city and county managers across the state. My purpose is to ex- tend a personal thank you for their continuing support and to hear firsthand about their communities' most pressing issues. These meetings have been fruitful, and I have heard consistently that governments believe they get a good return on their dues investment. That is always our intention. As I learn more about local issues through ongoing conversations with managers, department heads, and oth- ers, the information I bring back to the School has already begun to influence the training we are developing. For instance, a number of managers have expressed concern over legislation now pending in Congress that would re- quire local governments to engage in collective bargain- ing with unions for police, fire, and emergency services. North Carolina law has for many years prohibited this kind of collective bargaining, so the School's faculty has not previously focused on these issues. We cannot predict whether Congress will in fact enact the new requirement, but we are developing a series of workshops around the state for spring 2010 to alert managers, lawyers, and oth- ers to the possibility and to get them thinking about the potentially significant effects of this proposed legislation. The School will continue to focus its energy on meet- ing the needs of our state's public officials, knowing that effective leadership will keep North Carolina strong now and into the future. M E S S AG E f r o m t h e D E A N Dean Mike Smith Coates Connection is published twice a year by the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. The newsletter is also available online at www.sog.unc.edu/ about/news.html. Please send comments to editors Gini Hamilton (hamilton@sog.unc.edu or 919.962.5795) or Faith M. Thompson (fmthomps@sog. unc.edu or 919.962.8477). w w w . s o g . u n c . e d u Work beGINS oN "ServICe" Mur AL For tHe SCHooL C olin Quashie of Charleston, South Carolina, visited the School in November to present his concept for the painting recently commissioned by the School of Government Foundation. "Service" will feature more than 40 major African- American figures from North Carolina's his- tory placed in the seing of Greensboro's Woolworth lunch counter circa 1960. e principal participants in the lunch counter sit-in appear in the painting on the serv- ing side of the counter. Quashie's vision is to portray Joseph McNeill, ezell blair Jr., David richmond, and Franklin McCain as serving

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