• John Locke Update

    Side-Hustle Government: Here, There, and Everywhere

    posted March 14, 2018 by Jon Guze
    As Carolina Journal readers know, North Carolina Republicans have raised objections to Gov. Cooper’s Atlantic Cost Pipeline fund. One of their objections is that Cooper effectively forced the pipeline…
  • John Locke Update

    Governments Are People and People Are Complicated

    posted March 8, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Government is more than just a concept.  Government is people. For better and for worse, imperfect human beings fill government roles and make government decisions. That is why Federalist…
  • John Locke Update

    A Government That North Carolina Can Afford

    posted February 15, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Each February, the State Treasurer’s Debt Affordability Advisory Committee preempts the hopefulness of Groundhog Day with the publication of the annual Debt Affordability Study, the committee’s reminder that state…
  • John Locke Update

    Asset Forfeiture: News We Can Use

    posted January 31, 2018 by Jon Guze
    Civil asset forfeiture is inherently unjust, as I’ve explained many times in the past (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). Why?…
  • John Locke Update

    Laying Waste to the Landfill Monopoly

    posted November 1, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    North Carolina House Bill 56 got a lot of press earlier this autumn when the General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto of the legislation.  But most of the discussion…
  • Research Report

    The Special Interest Effect

    posted July 5, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    What do subsidies for “green” energy, mandated health insurance benefits, and quotas on imported sugar all have in common? Most obviously, all three policies generate a wealth transfer from the…
  • John Locke Update

    Are We Asking the Right Questions?

    posted April 27, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    You may have heard that the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42, but nobody knows the question. In state government, people either have questions or they…
  • Research Report

    Direct Primary Care for Local Governments

    posted December 2, 2016 by Katherine Restrepo, Julie Tisdale
    Local governments across North Carolina, like other employers, are wrestling with the question of how to provide quality health care to their employees in a cost-effective manner. This is…
  • Research Report

    Hard to Swallow

    posted November 18, 2016
    The Cato Institute regularly publishes a report titled Freedom in the 50 States.1 According to the most recent edition, since 2010, North Carolina has improved substantially, advancing from 26th…

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