• John Locke Update

    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…
  • John Locke Update

    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…
  • John Locke Update

    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,…
  • John Locke Update

    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…
  • 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

    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…
  • John Locke Update

    Budgeting for the Long-Term

    posted June 22, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    It is easy to become complacent, to think that things now are as they always have been and always will be. But as Heraclitus and Disney’s Pocahontas both remind us,…
  • 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…
  • Research Report

    Consensus-Based Budgeting

    posted June 13, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    How consensus-based budgeting works Most people are familiar with the concept of logrolling: accepting someone else’s proposal to get their acceptance of yours. In government, it often means more programs…

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