• John Locke Update

    Four counties seek higher sales taxes

    posted February 20, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Another election, another opportunity for counties to ask voters to raise the sales tax. Only two of 25 tax votes have passed when held in conjunction with presidential primaries, with…
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    Shortcomings of the WestEd report: Student achievement

    posted February 19, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This review of “Sound Basic Education for All: An Action Plan for North Carolina” by California-based consultant WestEd will focus on student performance.  “Sound Basic Education for All” offers…
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    A private market medical debt solution

    posted February 17, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    Surprise bills are a hot topic in state legislatures and Congress. Most readers either have received a surprise bill or know someone who has received a surprise bill from a…
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    Shortcomings of the WestEd report: Resources

    posted February 12, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In 2017, the plaintiffs and defendants in Leandro v. State of North Carolina agreed to allow an independent consultant to advise Judge David Lee on how to proceed in the…
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    The two fronts of health care reform

    posted February 11, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    As a health policy analyst, I often get asked, “When and how are we going to fix the health care system?” The answer to that question is complicated for two…
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    Saving for the retirement of teachers and state employees

    posted February 10, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    At a certain age, everyone begins to wonder, “Have I saved enough for retirement?” For most people, the answer is that they have not and will not. Governments have not…
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    Medicaid expansion and public choice

    posted February 6, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    The prospect of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina was back in the news recently due to the General Assembly’s return to Raleigh and a newly agreed-upon deal between legislators…
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    Leandro measures will fail under current governance system

    posted February 5, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Roy Cooper observed that “it doesn’t work too well.” John Hood noted that its policies “confuse the public and confound effective management.” Scott Mooneyham called it an “idiotic…

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