• 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…
  • John Locke Update

    Setting Tax Priorities

    posted June 8, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    With both chambers of the General Assembly agreeing to spend $22.9 billion in the fiscal year beginning July 1, the biggest differences between their budget proposals are what to do…
  • John Locke Update

    Paying for Innovation, Experimentation, and Success

    posted May 25, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    A few years ago, the chief of staff for the governor of another state excitedly told his brother about the state’s new approach to contracting that made national news. “Our…
  • John Locke Update

    N.C. Senate Budget: Tax Cuts and Spending Restraint

    posted May 17, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    The Senate budget spends $22.9 billion, up 2.5 percent over the 2016-17 budget and 3.75 percent over actual spending.  Like Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget, it raises pay for teachers and…
  • John Locke Update

    The Hidden Taxes in North Carolina’s Sales Tax

    posted May 17, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Since North Carolina implemented sweeping tax reform in 2013, there has been interest in expanding North Carolina’s sales tax to include services. The idea is to transform the sales…
  • John Locke Update

    Same Budget Priorities, Less Spending

    posted May 11, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    A criticism of Republicans at the national level has often been that they want the same thing as Democrats, just less of it. Who expected Senate President Pro Tem Phil…

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