• John Locke Update

    Saving Now for a Better State Budget Tomorrow

    posted September 20, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    You may have missed the news that North Carolina government had higher revenue and lower spending than budgeted for the third year in a row. When government takes in…
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    Earning Trust on Poverty

    posted September 6, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Have you ever wondered why people are not convinced by your arguments to get government out of the business of trying to fix a problem because its interventions only cause…
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    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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    How to Reduce Taxes on Savings

    posted August 17, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Americans spent 2.6 percent more on goods and services after adjusting for inflation in the three months through June than in the same period a year ago, but…
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    Using Science, Evidence, and Data to Guide Public Policy

    posted August 3, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    France began construction of the Maginot Line in the 1930s as a line of defenses against possible German invasion. The most heavily fortified section of the line ended just east…
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    State Budget Projections Demand Healthy Skepticism

    posted July 27, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    It’s a tale of two state budget pictures. A new report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University compares North Carolina’s fiscal solvency to those of other states. Meanwhile,…
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    Best Practices for Better Budgets

    posted July 20, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Since nonpartisan staff at the General Assembly presented a five-year projection of spending and taxes, editorials and comments from state legislators make it clear that long-term estimates of spending and…
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    The Rest of the State Budget

    posted June 28, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    By now you know the major points of the state budget: it spends $23 billion in the first year and $23.6 billion in the second year, reduces the tax rates…

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