John Hood's Syndicated Weekly Column | 2014 Archive
Mar. 7th NC Is Boringly Average
According to standardized test scores, the average North Carolina student performs better today in reading, math, and science than ever before.
Feb. 28th NC Doesnít Pay More For Less
If you thought North Carolinians paid more for transportation and got less value for it than the residents of other states do, you were mistaken
Feb. 21th NC Politics and the Bard
Right now, ďa pox on both your housesĒ pretty much sums up the way many North Carolinians feel about their elected officeholders.
Feb. 14th Conservative View of Moral Monday
Any political movement that can turn out tens of thousands of protesters on a chilly morning in February must be deemed impressive.
Feb. 7th New Data Clarify Jobless Trends
The decline in the labor force from June 2013 to December 2013 was not large enough to be statistically significant.
Jan. 31st NC Got Broad Tax Cut
Did Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina legislature raise taxes on poor and middle-income families to give tax breaks to the wealthy?
Jan. 24th Hunt Got It Wrong
Whatever you think of the virtues of Smart Start and the Excellent Schools Act, you cannot argue that they increased the rate of educational improvement in North Carolina
Jan. 17th Freedom Leads to Growth
While Washington (maybe) gets its act together, state and local governments will have to take the lead in helping to reverse the trend away from economic freedom.
Jan. 10th Smaller Can Be Better
Taxpayers donít save money from consolidating school districts, not when the costs are fully identified and accounted for.
Jan. 3rd Time to Employ Common Sense
Critics predicted economic disaster from ending extended UI benefits in North Carolina. Some claim to see it now. But thatís not what the preliminary evidence shows.
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