Fergus Hodgson

Fergus Hodgson

Email Address: fhodgson@johnlocke.org

Fergus Hodgson (@FergHodgson) is Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation, a Policy Advisor with The Future of Freedom Foundation, and a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. He also hosts a weekly show, "The Stateless Man," with the Overseas Radio Network. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar with the American Institute for Economic Research, Massachusetts, and a Research Associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Canada.

His commentaries have appeared in newspapers and magazines in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sacramento Bee, Charlotte Observer, Providence Journal, and Washington Times. He has also contributed to online outlets such as the Daily Caller, The American Conservative, World Net Daily, Fox News Latino, CounterPunch, LewRockwell.com, and LibertyBlog.org. Read his Locker Room blog contributions here.

Given a particular interest in migration, Latin America, and foreign affairs, he has a fortnightly column in the Spanish-language newspaper, La Conexión, and he is a frequent guest on the Russia Today television network.

After receiving an athletic scholarship and moving from rural New Zealand, he graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He then completed a second major in political science and taught macroeconomics with the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Recent Research

The Amazon Tax That Was Not: North Carolina’s Attempt to Expand Sales Taxation Beyond Its Borders

North Carolina has an Amazon tax, which categorizes out-of-state firms as in-state, and thereby liable for sales tax, under certain conditions. However, the tax has not proved effective at increasing revenues, it does not level the playing field, and it may drive firms out of the state.

One Way Street for Spending Adjustments: Reverse Logrolling Offers an Alternative

The General Fund portion of North Carolina’s $51.7 billion state budget for 2013 is now $20.18 billion, which exceeds planned spending as passed in 2011. All of this year’s General Fund proposals from the House, Senate, and governor have been for more spending than planned. By taking the lower cost of each General Fund component from the House and Senate proposals — “reverse logrolling” — with a couple of exceptions, one could achieve a General Fund total of $19.85 billion. That would save $330 million from the enacted General Fund and $87 million from last year’s plan.

2012 State Spending at a Record High: Albeit Concealed, State Spending Has Grown For Decades

Total state spending per capita is at its highest level ever in the 2012 fiscal year and has more than tripled since 1970. Over the past four decades, state spending has grown much faster than personal income, and in real, per capita terms, spending on all reported categories has more than doubled since the mid-1970s. That includes education, corrections, health and human services, transportation, and debt servicing. General fund spending per capita has declined by 16 percent since 2009, but per capita spending outside of the general fund increased by 26 percent and more than compensated for the general fund’s decline. Federal aid continues to comprise an ever-larger portion of the state budget, and North Carolina’s cash-basis accounting conceals spending and is generating unfunded liabilities

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