• 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…
  • John Locke Update

    Details of the N.C. Senate Tax Plan

    posted April 11, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    The N.C. Senate’s “Billion-Dollar Tax Plan” could be  even larger  once final figures for 2016 income taxes are known in the next couple weeks. (By the way, don’t forget to file…
  • John Locke Update

    Better Budget Institutions, Lower Taxes

    posted April 6, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    How many times in life have you known the right thing to do and ended up doing the wrong thing? You ate the chocolate cake—the whole thing—instead of going to…
  • John Locke Update

    When Trade Is Free, There Are Only Surpluses

    posted January 31, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    One of the great myths bought into by much of the general public, politicians, and media pundits is that trade deficits are bad for the economy. The idea dates back…
  • John Locke Update

    Repeal Obamacare Light: NC Should Abandon Insurance Mandates

    posted January 25, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    It is now widely recognized that Obamacare’s insurance mandates are one of the many parts of that legislation contributing to the increasing costs of health insurance. These mandates abandon the…
  • Research Report

    Progressivity And The Flat Tax

    posted December 13, 2016 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Is the the idea of a “progressive flat tax” an oxymoron? The typical argument for a broad-based flat-rate income tax, also called a single rate or proportional…
  • Research Report

    Forsyth County Bond Referenda

    posted November 3, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    Forsyth County residents will be voting next week on a set of bond issues totaling $430 million. The largest one is $350 million for local schools, but there are two…
  • Research Report

    Wake County Recommends Transit Plan To Nowhere

    posted October 14, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    On November 8, voters in Wake County will be presented with a ballot full of national, state, and local races. But they will also face a question that could cost them billions of dollars over the next decade.

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