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    Introduction Letter – NC Overcriminaization Task Force

    posted November 19, 2015 by Jon Guze, Daren Bakst
    In the last two years, academics and scholars of public policy have identified North Carolina as a state with an overly complex criminal code that can ensnare small businesses, farmers, and individuals who unknowingly fail to comply with regulatory rules. In 2014, Professor Jeff Welty of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government published an article in the North Carolina Law Review, “Overcriminalization in North Carolina”; and James Copland and Isaac Gorodetski, directors respectively of the Center for Legal Policy and the Center for State and Local Leadership at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, published a primer, “Overcriminalizing the Old North State.”
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    An Alternative Budget: Response to the governor’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium

    posted May 17, 2015 by Research Staff, Daren Bakst
    The John Locke Foundation is continuing its tradition, started in 1995, of offering an alternative to the governor’s budget recommendation. Consistent with prior years, this JLF budget focuses on core government. This budget spends less in both years of the biennium than the governor’s, and only increases spending by 2 percent from the last fiscal year.
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    First in Freedom Index

    posted February 8, 2015 by Nicole Fisher, Joseph Coletti
    Overall, North Carolina ranks 23rd in the nation and 5th among the 12 states of the Southeast in freedom. North Carolina ranks 16th in fiscal freedom, 18th in educational freedom, 36th in regulatory freedom, and 46th in health care freedom.
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    Facts on Fracking: Addressing concerns over hydraulic fracturing coming to North Carolina

    posted August 11, 2014 by Joseph Coletti, Jon Sanders
    Along with hopes for new jobs and a stronger economy, the prospect “fracking” in North Carolina has raised concerns. Some are legitimate questions informed by responsible skepticism, but others are fears fanned by activists and pressure groups. This paper seeks to address those questions and concerns.
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    City and County Issue Guide 2014

    posted February 4, 2014 by Research Staff, Jon Sanders
    Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.
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    CCNC Flaws: Why Community Care of North Carolina is Failing Patients, Taxpayers, and Policymakers

    posted October 21, 2013 by Jonathan Ingram and Katherine Restrepo, Daren Bakst
    The debate over NC’s Medicaid program pits defenders of the status-quo Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) model against reformers touting Governor McCrory’s proposed Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina. This report identifies and explains CCNC’s flaws and shows how the Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina is a far more effective approach to not only improve patient health, but also rein in Medicaid spending and save taxpayer dollars.
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    COPs Evade Voter Scrutiny: Taxpayers on the hook for special indebtedness

    posted April 15, 2013 by Sarah Curry
    The last statewide General Obligation Bond referendum was held in 2000; all debt since then has been issued without voter approval, making special indebtedness the sole form of debt in North Carolina since 2001. Special Indebtedness is more expensive than traditional General Obligation debt, thus creating a larger burden on taxpayers. Certificates of Participation (COPs) are the most favored form of special indebtedness.

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