with our special guest
- President and Chairman of the John Locke Foundation
Monday, September 09, 2013
The John Locke Foundation, 200 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Price: $10.00 (for lunch)
Legislature Chooses Data-Driven Strategy for Economic Growth
In researching his 2012 book Our Best Foot Forward, JLF President John Hood began assembling a database of peer-reviewed research on state economic growth. It currently contains 400 articles published in academic or professional journals since 1992 that explore the relationship between state fiscal or regulatory policy and economic variables such as job creation, personal income, GDP, productivity, and investment flows.
The preponderance of academic research suggests that, to the extent state and local governments can influence economic performance, their best strategy will be to reform and reduce taxes (particularly high marginal tax rates and business tax burdens), alleviate the regulatory burden, and reform infrastructure and education programs to get a better return on tax dollars. This is precisely the strategy that Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly chose during the 2013 legislative session.
John Hood is President and Chairman of the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues policy studies, hosts dozens of events and training sessions each year, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal, a monthly newspaper with a readership of nearly 200,000 North Carolinians. Hood helped to found JLF in 1989.
In addition to his duties at JLF, Hood is a syndicated columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal, High Point Enterprise, Gaston Gazette, Durham Herald-Sun, and newspapers in 50 other North Carolina communities. He also writes a monthly column, "Free & Clear," for Business North Carolina magazine.
Hood is a frequent guest on talk radio and serves as a weekly panelist on "NC Spin," a political talk show broadcast on 16 television stations in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville, Wilmington, Asheville, and elsewhere. He also created "Carolina Journal Radio," a weekly newsmagazine broadcast on 18 radio stations.
Hood is the author of five books. The most recent one is Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina's Economic Recovery, published by JLF in 2012. The Raleigh News & Observer described Our Best Foot Forward as "loaded with data and interesting ideas" and concluded that it "makes valuable contributions to the policy debate in North Carolina."
In addition to these public-policy books, Hood published a volume of family history in 2011 and is currently writing the biography of former North Carolina Gov. James G. Martin.
Hood writes and comments frequently on politics and policy issues for national media organizations, particularly National Review Online and its main blog "The Corner." His articles have appeared in both magazines - such as Readers' Digest, The New Republic, National Review, Military History, and Reason - and in newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. He's been interviewed by, among other news media, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, CNN, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, and the Fox News Channel.
At JLF, Hood created the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, a yearlong program that prepares young North Carolinians for leadership roles in government, business, and nonprofits. The ranks of Morris Fellows include state lawmakers, local elected officials, entrepreneurs, business managers, professionals, educators, and citizen activists. Hood has also served on selection committees for other programs such as the Wildacres Leadership Initiative's William Friday Fellows and the German Marshall Fund's Marshall Memorial Fellowship.
Hood received his degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he founded a student magazine called The Carolina Critic in the mid-1980s that ultimately grew to encompass five campus editions (at UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, and Wake Forest University). Hood currently serves as chairman of the Carolina Liberty Foundation, an independent nonprofit that provides financial support to conservative and libertarian student groups at Chapel Hill.
He is a Mecklenburg County native and currently resides in Wake County with his family.
Shaftesbury Luncheon talks are free and open to the public. An optional lunch is available for purchase at the event, or participants may brown bag a lunch if they choose.
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