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    Big Government, Big Price Tag – Part 3

    posted November 3, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    “Keep your eye on one thing and one thing only: how much government is spending, because that’s the true tax. … The thing you should keep your eye…
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    Big Government, Big Price Tag – Part 2

    posted October 8, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Introduction Public-sector unions are central to some of the most contentious public policy issues in contemporary America. Do unions improve or impair the political process and elections? Do police…
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    Big Government, Big Price Tag – Part 1

    posted September 21, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    Introduction The Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as Obamacare, gave states the option to expand the Medicaid program to include non-elderly adults up to…
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    Preserving Donor Privacy in North Carolina

    posted May 29, 2020 by Jon Guze
    Executive Summary Donor privacy protects our expressive rights, especially with regard to matters of public policy. Unfortunately, entrenched political interests have often successfully undermined that protection by forcing policy…
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    Carolina Rebound

    posted May 21, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Jon Sanders, Jordan Roberts
    Budget, Taxation, and the Economy Introduction North Carolina’s strong fiscal position at the start of the COVID-19 crisis was a combination of planning and providence. Since 2011, the Republican-led…
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    Removing Regulatory Barriers to Telehealth Before and After COVID-19

    posted May 14, 2020 by Jack Karsten, Jordan Roberts, Dr. Nicol Turner Lee
    Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 statewide shutdown order has pushed North Carolinians online for everything from family gatherings to shopping and education. But the COVID-19 pandemic has also showcased the power…
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    Criminal Law Reform In North Carolina

    posted April 3, 2020 by Mike Schietzelt
    Executive Summary North Carolina has thousands of crimes scattered across untold pages of statutes, regulations, and ordinances. Many of these crimes are duplicative, unconstitutional, or outright silly. This labyrinth of…
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    North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System

    posted February 7, 2020 by Jen Sidorova, Raheem Williams, Truong Bui, Leonard Gilroy, Joseph Coletti
    Executive Summary North Carolina’s Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS) is widely recognized as being among the nation’s healthiest pension plan systems, currently almost 90 percent funded at a…
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    North Carolina Public School Finance

    posted July 31, 2019 by Aaron Garth Smith, Dr. Terry Stoops
    Introduction North Carolina’s K-12 public school finance system is broken. And efforts to fix it have been at least a decade in the making. This paper highlights the problems with…
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    Dental Therapy in North Carolina

    posted May 17, 2019 by Jennifer Minjarez, Jordan Roberts
    Introduction While the national health care policy debate focuses on access to health insurance and health providers, the importance of oral care often does not receive the attention it should.

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