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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North Carolina's E-Cigarette Tax

Where bad tax policy meets special interest politics

North Carolina passed a law during the 2014 legislative session taxing the liquid used in electronic cigarettes at an additional 5 cents per milliliter. This tax will hurt small businesses and violates the most important principle of good tax policy—neutrality. The North Carolina General Assembly should repeal the electronic cigarette tax.

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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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An Occupancy Tax Increase?

Haywood County already has a million dollars annually from existing tax

Officials from Haywood County have proposed an increase in the county’s occupancy tax by 50 percent, which would disadvantage Haywood compared to surrounding counties with lower rates.  Taxation is justified only for necessary purposes of government. Tourism promotion is not such a function and can best be served by the private sector.

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Lower Taxes, Higher Growth

Scholarly research reveals economic benefits of fiscal restraint

Most studies find that lower levels of taxes and spending, less-intrusive regulation, and lower energy prices correlate with stronger economic performance. The implications of this research track well with recent public policies adopted in North Carolina. Judging from the available empirical evidence, North Carolina’s new policy mix is likely to result in stronger economic growth in the coming years.

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Wrong Way

How the Map Act threatens NC property owners

The North Carolina Map Act virtually freezes property development within proposed road corridors and can encumber and devalue property indefinitely.  North Carolina should protect the constitutional property rights of its citizens by repealing or reforming the Map Act.

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The John Locke Foundation presents

The Milton Friedman Freedom Lecture
Opportunity Scholarships: Perils and Promise

July 31, 2014 would have been Milton Friedman’s 102nd birthday. To honor his vision and the impact he has had on our society, we have collaborated with policy groups from around the world to hold events in his honor.

Milton Friedman’s contribution to 20th century economics is indisputable. But economics isn’t the only area where he had a vested interest. Friedman had a vision for transforming education through free market principles.

Our Friedman Freedom lecturer this year is the Honorable Paul "Skip" Stam, Jr., Speaker Pro Tem of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Representative Stam has been an unwavering supporter of school choice for students and parents in North Carolina for over three decades.

Representative Stam is currently serving his seventh term in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He was first elected to that position in 1989 and again in 2003. He has served as the House Republican Leader (2007-2010), the House Majority Leader (2011-2012), and is the Speaker Pro Tem (2013-present).

Representative Stam has worked for more freedom and less government in areas like providing school choice to empower parents to ensure quality schooling for their children, pro-life protection for mothers and children, protection from condemnation and annexation abuse, fairness to state employees, access to affordable quality health care and finding a solution to illegal immigration. He has continued to fight wasteful spending in the General Assembly, including hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to out-of-state corporations.

Representative Stam received a Bachelor of Science with High Honors from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He graduated from the Law School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975.

Since 1976, Representative Stam has lived and worked in Apex as an attorney.

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JLF's Katherine Restrepo discusses Medicaid reform for North Carolina

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Jul 31, 2014

CJ Editorial: Money Talks, and That Is OK

The Left's crusade against money in judicial campaigns is odd, because they supported the policies causing the perceived problem.

Jul 17, 2014

Speech-Stifling Ordinance Grants Notable Exemption

Winston-Salem city government has set up new restrictions for door-to-door salesmen, unless they're hawking newspapers.

Jul 10, 2014

Not Much Cooling Linked to New CO2 Regulations

The impact on climate of these costly regulations would be so tiny, so close to zero, that it is not worth mentioning.

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Sep 06, 2012

How to downplay an embarrassing story

The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.

Mar 21, 2012

Death of a narrative

The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.

Jan 16, 2012

Anatomy of a Newspaper Hit Piece

In a Sunday piece, <i>The Charlotte Observer</i> employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.

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