• John Locke Update

    President Attacks Consumers with Amazon Tweet

    posted August 23, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    “Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt – many jobs being lost!” – President Donald Trump Setting aside…
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    A Bad Deal for Kannapolis’s Taxpayers

    posted July 13, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    This week, the City of Kannapolis approved an incentive package.  This sort of thing has become commonplace in recent years, and there’s nothing particularly unique about the Kannapolis deal. …
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    Real Economic Development in Rocky Mount

    posted June 28, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    Over the past year, I’ve spent quite a lot of time writing about Rocky Mount’s ill-conceived event center, so when I received an invitation to a discussion about economic…
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    State Budget Includes $20 Million in Local Government Grants

    posted June 22, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    This week, the North Carolina General Assembly released its 2017-18 conference committee budget.  And there are certainly implications for local governments!  I’ve spent this week trying to figure out just…
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    Tax Progressivity: First Do No Harm

    posted June 22, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    A progressive tax system is based on the premise that it is a moral imperative for government to tax people at increasingly higher rates as their incomes go up.  The…

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