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    A New State Budget Based On Time-Tested Principles

    posted July 11, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    In his 1985 address to the North Carolina Foundation for Research and Economic Education (NC FREE), Gov. James Martin laid out three keys to a more conservative view of government.
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    The Special Interest Effect

    posted July 5, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    What do subsidies for “green” energy, mandated health insurance benefits, and quotas on imported sugar all have in common? Most obviously, all three policies generate a wealth transfer from the…
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    Want Affordable Health Insurance? Scale Back on Benefit Mandates

    posted June 14, 2017 by Katherine Restrepo
    Key Points Health insurance benefit mandates benefit few but increase costs for all Mandates cost North Carolina policyholders in the individual and small-group insurance markets over $218 million per year…
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    Consensus-Based Budgeting

    posted June 13, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    How consensus-based budgeting works Most people are familiar with the concept of logrolling: accepting someone else’s proposal to get their acceptance of yours. In government, it often means more programs…
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    Reforming PURPA Energy Contracts

    posted June 6, 2017 by Jon Sanders
    Despite no obvious geographical distinctions from the other U.S. states that would explain it, North Carolina is awash in solar energy facilities, more so than every other state except California.
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    Raise The Age

    posted May 16, 2017 by Jon Guze
    In 44 states and the District of Columbia, the age at which young offenders age out of the juvenile justice system is now 18. In five states, it is…
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    North Carolina: A Destination For Teachers

    posted April 5, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    During the 2015-16 school year, North Carolina licensed (via interstate reciprocity agreements) and subsequently employed 1,556 out-of-state teachers.1,2,3 At the same time, 828 public school teachers resigned to teach in other states. All told, the state imported 728 more teachers than it exported last year.
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    Direct Primary Care

    posted March 22, 2017 by Katherine Restrepo
    An increased use of the innovative health care delivery model called Direct Primary Care could lead to better outcomes for treatment of patients with chronic diseases, and that could mean…

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