John Hood's Syndicated Weekly Column | 2013 Archive
Jun. 21th Tax Reform Takes a Good Turn
The House tax plan puts us on the road to the right destination. The new Senate tax plan puts us even further down that road. Let’s make the journey as short as possible.
Jun. 14th Medicaid Costs Are Exploding
During the past year, North Carolinians have heard many things about Obamacare, Medicaid, and health care reform that turned out to be untrue.
Jun. 7th House Offers Broad Tax Cut
More than 80 percent of North Carolina households would pay less state tax under the House plan than they currently do, including all households below $40,000 in income.
May. 31st Carolina Needs Capital Ideas
What our economy needs now is more capitalism — by which I mean more risk-takers willing to invest their private capital in new and existing enterprises in North Carolina.
May. 24th Reform Case in Four Numbers
In the spirit of keeping things simple, the case for reforming North Carolina’s medical-assistance programs can be expressed in four numbers: 12, 15, 17, and 48.
May. 17th NC Activists Need Teachable Tuesdays
To use your body to obstruct the operation of government, and then to object when the police arrest and charge you for the crime, is to engage in uncivil disobedience.
May. 10th Conservative Case for Spending More
We can have better roads, and thus a healthier economy in the long run, without raising taxes.
May. 3rd In the Absence of Argument
On the top issue facing North Carolina, economic growth, it is difficult to argue that Republican policies have failed when they are, at most, two years old.
Apr. 26th Governor Should Be Mr. Fix-It
To assume that governors or presidents must make their political careers with new spending, however, is to reveal the usual bias of the insiders and commentators who make up the political class.
Apr. 19th Research Guides Policy Initiatives
To the extent Gov. McCrory and state lawmakers can reform the state tax code to reduce marginal tax rates, especially on private capital formation, North Carolina’s economy will likely show immediate, significant improvement.
Apr. 12th Medicaid Reform Holds Promise
There are many unknowns regarding the proposal Gov. Pat McCrory announced last week to use competitive contracting to reform North Carolina’s Medicaid program. But what I do know about it suggests the governor is heading in the right direction.
Apr. 5th Time to Fix Our Interstates
Motorists can cover the cost of a better, safer, and less-congested system as long as the state sets firm priorities and embraces new ideas.
Mar. 29th A Good First Fiscal Step
The idea that a new governor might be willing to make his reputation on cleaning up the messes left by his predecessors, rather than create new signature messes of his own, may seem novel in political terms.
Mar. 22nd A Modest Proposal on Electric Power
Even windmills and solar panels fail to maximize the potential creation of job years from high-cost electricity.
Mar. 15th For Many Happy Returns
These are among the reasons why tax reform is a bit like a TV meteorologist. That is, it looks great from afar, or on a low-resolution screen.
Mar. 8th NC Progress Requires Growth
The main levers that state and local policymakers can operate to boost economic growth in the short run involve the cost of doing business in the private sector.
Mar. 1st Don't Overdose on Government
In public policy, the distinction between what is valuable on average and what is valuable at the margin often mirrors the distinction between progressives and conservatives.
Feb. 22nd Seasons of Change in Carolina
The great political drama that is Republican rule in Raleigh has only just begun its first act. It's a bit early to start writing reviews of it.
Feb. 15th Saying No Is A Start
Repeal is impossible while Obama is president. But Congress may find it necessary to revisit key provisions of what will soon be revealed as an unworkable law.
Feb. 8th No Time to Relive Glory Days
While you are reliving your high-school glory days, the rest of us are trying to win some games this season. Mind if we get back to it?
Feb. 1st A Freedom Agenda for NC
North Carolina should reclaim our heritage and resume our leadership in the cause of liberty. Let’s be “First in Freedom” once more.
Jan. 25th Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
But there is no reason why North Carolina students, families, educators, and policymakers must live with the negative consequences of past political decisions.
Jan. 18th May I Speak to Mr. Locke?
If John Locke, that dogged champion of empiricism, were alive today, he would encourage us to accept reality as it is, not as we wish it might be.
Jan. 11th Let's Reform Judicial Elections
State lawmakers should repeal the government-funding system entirely and restore party labels to our statewide judicial races.
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