In March of 2007, J. Andrew Curliss of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., reported on the failings of the North Carolina Commission on State Property. The commission was created to sell off surplus land owned by the government in an effort to generate quick revenue. But in the three years since its inception, there had not been a single sale and the commission was rife with problems. On April 5th, the legistlature agreed to shut down the commission, which will free up over $160,000 of taxpayer money. The governor has said he plans to quickly sign the action into law.