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February

Feb. 10th — NC Cuts Save Taxpayers Billions
North Carolina has become a national test case. Conservatives across the country have cheered our tax reforms. Liberals have savaged them. And you can expect to hear much more about them in the months and years to come.

Feb. 8th — How Republican Is North Carolina?
As the political index clearly shows, presidential candidates and administrations have a large effect on state party success. To forecast what will happen next for North Carolina’s Democrats and Republicans, start by watching the presidential primaries.

Feb. 3rd — Iowa Offers Lessons for NC
Those seeking office or running campaigns in North Carolina would be well advised to look to Iowa, another purple state, for lessons about the press, the polls, and the parties.

Feb. 1st — Don’t Oversell College Subsidies
North Carolina’s state spending on higher education is double or more that of Colorado, Florida, Montana, Oregon, Utah, or Washington, after adjusting for student enrollment.

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January

Jan. 27th — What Explains Job Growth
The study’s findings suggest that people tend to move to warmer places with lower costs of living (including taxes), thus supplying more labor to potential employers.

Jan. 25th — School Reform Takes Big Strides
The school-reform plan contained five elements: standards, tenure, accounts, regulation, and scholarships. North Carolina policymakers have moved in the right direction in four of these areas.

Jan. 20th — Most Arts Funding Is Private
North Carolina has many corporations, foundations, and individuals who give generously to support the arts in their communities. But there’s plenty of room for more.

Jan. 18th — Relief Can Become a Trap
To recognize that people actively choose their paths through the labor market is not to say that they always get what they want. In many situations, the choice is between unattractive alternatives.

Jan. 13th — Session Comes Into Focus
Since Republicans won majorities in the North Carolina House and Senate in 2010, each subsequent legislative session has been dramatic and consequential.

Jan. 11th — NC Sets A Good Example
North Carolinians are doing their part to win the broader argument for economic freedom — and for a better future for our nation.

Jan. 6th — Make a Federal Case of It
A truly federal form of government gives states, communities, and individuals lots of room to breathe. It promotes diversity and competition. Do we have a truly federal form of government?

Jan. 4th — Anger Is Not Enough
Anger is a powerful emotion. It certainly has its place in politics. But hope is even more powerful.

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