• John Locke Update

    Year of Research Aimed at Improving Every Person’s Life

    posted December 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This is the 33rd and final research newsletter of 2018.  What a year it has been! Publishing a hardcore policy newsletter every week would not be possible without a team…
  • John Locke Update

    The Divide Between City Slickers and Country Boys

    posted March 14, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Liberals like small homes that are close to shopping and attractions, while conservatives prefer to have larger properties and drive longer distances to the store. This is one of the…
  • 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

    A Fork in the Road for Transportation Funding

    posted January 25, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Governments cannot realistically take enough money from citizens to pay for all the repairs and construction people say we need. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimated an unmet need…
  • John Locke Update

    Bicycle Superhighway: A Policy Pothole

    posted October 12, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    Back in the spring, I wrote about a “bicycle superhighway” idea that was just starting to be kicked around.  The concept was a five-mile path along I-40 between Raleigh…
  • John Locke Update

    State Lawmakers Should Keep the Cap on Light Rail Spending

    posted June 1, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    The North Carolina House of Representatives has released its budget and, as I expected, there are few policy changes that affect local government operations.  But there is, on page 300,…
  • 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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