• John Locke Update

    Confusion on NC FAST workers and Medicaid spending

    posted March 5, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a history of breaking budgets with lax controls over Medicaid spending. It took nearly three years under Gov. Pat McCrory…
  • John Locke Update

    Six counties seek higher sales taxes

    posted February 26, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    After we posted a summary last week on sales tax referenda in four counties (Chatham, Forsyth, Madison, and Wayne), a citizen in Alamance County alerted us that a sales…
  • John Locke Update

    Four counties seek higher sales taxes

    posted February 20, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Another election, another opportunity for counties to ask voters to raise the sales tax. Only two of 25 tax votes have passed when held in conjunction with presidential primaries, with…
  • John Locke Update

    Saving for the retirement of teachers and state employees

    posted February 10, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    At a certain age, everyone begins to wonder, “Have I saved enough for retirement?” For most people, the answer is that they have not and will not. Governments have not…
  • Research Report

    North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System

    posted February 7, 2020 by Jen Sidorova, Raheem Williams, Truong Bui, Leonard Gilroy, Joseph Coletti
    Executive Summary North Carolina’s Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS) is widely recognized as being among the nation’s healthiest pension plan systems, currently almost 90 percent funded at a…
  • John Locke Update

    Restore the SALT deduction

    posted January 30, 2020 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    In the shadow of their impeachment vote last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on and passed a bill that got few headlines, primarily because it will likely go…
  • John Locke Update

    Risk, opportunity, and reducing barriers to a better life

    posted January 28, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    What is the common element that connects Medicare, occupational licensing, free college, and affordable housing? According to Ed Glaeser in a recent interview, they illustrate how past efforts to…
  • John Locke Update

    Revaluation and Property Taxes in Wake County and Beyond

    posted January 16, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Wake County is one of 11 counties this year that is reappraising commercial and residential property values. It appears to be the first of those counties to have revaluations posted…
  • John Locke Update

    Corporate Welfare Creates Headlines, Not Jobs as Promised

    posted January 8, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    WRAL reporter Tyler Dukes has examined job creation promises from North Carolina economic-development incentives programs and found them falling far, far short. Dukes assessed job creation from projects under the…

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