• John Locke Update

    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…
  • John Locke Update

    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…
  • John Locke Update

    What’s Missing in Economic Impact Studies? Economics

    posted March 30, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Note: This is an excerpt from a John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. Economic impact studies are everywhere. Whether it’s to support a new highway project, special tax breaks for…
  • John Locke Update

    Dispelling More Myths About Trade Deficits

    posted February 16, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    In my last Update, I pointed out that when trade is free, whether the value of imports exceeds the value of exports or the value of exports exceeds the…
  • John Locke Update

    Major League Competition For Major League Soccer

    posted February 2, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve written a lot about Major League Soccer (MLS) and the competing bids from Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham for a franchise.  If it feels like…
  • John Locke Update

    NC Shows Dramatic Improvement in Tax Rankings

    posted January 19, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    After years of being ranked in the bottom half of states in key tax policy indexes published by the Tax Foundation, North Carolina has skyrocketed to among the best states…

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