North Carolina's Capital Gains Tax

It's time to consider a change

Capital gains taxes penalize saving, investment, and therefore entrepreneurship, by imposing a second layer of taxation on equity investment. The most straightforward way to end this bias is to eliminate the tax on capital gains completely.

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The Chemicals in Fracking Fluids

Earth and water, you’ll find plenty of both down there

Since the 1940s, over a million wells have used hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) safely. The chemicals used are about 99 percent water and sand. The rest is a blend of chemical additives, most of which are found in typical household and personal care products.

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State Budget Overview

Teacher compensation and Medicaid drive the 2014-15 budget

For fiscal year 2014-15, North Carolina’s General Fund budget rose 2.2 percent to $21.1 billion. It funded an average teacher salary increase of 7 percent, one of the largest pay raises for North Carolina teachers in a generation, and created a Medicaid contingency fund of $186.4 million.

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Facts on Fracking

Addressing concerns over hydraulic fracturing coming to North Carolina

Along with hopes for new jobs and a stronger economy, the prospect “fracking” in North Carolina has raised concerns. Some are legitimate questions informed by responsible skepticism, but others are fears fanned by activists and pressure groups. This paper seeks to address those questions and concerns.

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The Mechanics of Medicaid

How Medicaid's flawed financial design drives program costs

Medicaid’s fundamental flaws stem from the way in which it is funded, as both state and federal government share the total bill. If Medicaid’s federal share was transferred to North Carolina as an annual block grant, it would allow lawmakers to exercise more control over the program and create a stronger incentive to sort out system waste and abuse.

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The Best of Both Budgets

"Reverse logrolling" would help legislators produce a sound spending plan

Reverse logrolling applied to the current state budget would result in a General Fund budget of $20.6 billion and a $667 million surplus, which would allow legislators more flexibility when discussing spending priorities, including teacher pay increases.  It would also allow enough to be set aside in savings and reserves to avoid any unforeseen shortfalls in the next fiscal year. 

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Educational Freedom Works

Scholarly research shows gains from school choice and competition

This study synthesizes findings from 888 articles published since 1990.  Based on these, we can say that in recent years North Carolina has been moving in the right direction on school reform. Policymakers should continue the momentum and resist attempts to backtrack.

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The John Locke Foundation presents

"Southport's Art Newton"

 

Author Tommy Harrelson will share with our audience the inspiration behind his delightful book, “Southport’s Art Newton,” in which he chronicles the man, his art and local history._Art Newton’s paintings and sketches are beautifully presented and paired with insightful commentary and details gleaned from archives and collections that span three decades of his work. The artist’s personal trials and growth as a creative spirit are integral to the story – a colorful story of times gone by, simple pleasures and the Southport of yesterday. History lovers are sure enjoy this unique look at a talented North Carolina figure and a beloved area of our state.

Biography:

After earning degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Tommy Harrelson returned to his boyhood home of Southport and joined the family business. He later served in the North Carolina House of Representatives and as Secretary of Transportation for Gov. Jim Martin. He has also worked in government affairs and as a management consultant. His latest book, “Southport’s Art Newton” has received many accolades and has been warmly received throughout the state.

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President and CEO Kory Swanson discusses JLF's upcoming 25th anniversary celebration



John Locke Foundation's 25th Anniversary Celebration with Charles Krauthammer

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Charles Krauthammer currently serves as a contributor for FOX News Channel (FNC), where he contributes political commentary and analysis across FNC's daytime and primetime programming.

Krauthammer makes frequent appearances on Special Report with Bret Baier, The O'Reilly Factor and FOX News Sunday. He is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated journalist and physician as well as a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and a weekly panelist on PBS' Inside Washington. Additionally, Krauthammer joined The Washington Post in 1984, where he continues to write a weekly political column. He began his journalism career at The New Republic.

Prior to his career in journalism, Krauthammer served as a speech writer to Vice President Walter Mondale in 1980 and as chief resident in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Throughout his career, Krauthammer has been a recipient of several awards, including the 2013 William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence, the 1984 National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticisms, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the first annual Bradley Prize. Additionally, he is the author of "Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics" and "Democratic Realism: An American Foreign Policy for a Unipolar World."

Jan 15, 2015

An Education Agenda for 2015

Lawmakers have an opportunity to build on recent success in North Carolina.


Jan 08, 2015

The John Locke Foundation Turns 25

A "big idea" from two visionaries has resulted in an influential organization that is considered to be the gold standard of state-based think tanks.


Dec 18, 2014

Health Care Winners and Losers

Politicians and bureaucrats continue behaving as if they can allocate health care resources better than consumers and providers in the marketplace.


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Oct 21, 2014

Steer Clear of Government Editor's Pen

Journalists fall short of long-established standards when they allow officials to peruse and even edit their reports.


Sep 23, 2014

Don't Let the Narrative Trump The Facts

You'd have thought by now that the news media would have learned the hard lessons of prejudging a story or a situation before all the facts are in.


Sep 17, 2014

When the Price of Access Is Too Steep

Media outlets should think twice about maintaining cozy relationships with murderous regimes.


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