• John Locke Update

    Two More Cheers for Brett Kavanaugh

    August 9, 2018
    Last week I quoted glowing endorsements of Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh by seven legal experts from across the ideological spectrum. Today, I want to add two more endorsements,…
  • Research Report

    North Carolina Budget Fiscal Year 2018-19

    August 2, 2018
    Overview For a second straight year, state legislators overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto to enact a state budget. The $23.9 billion General Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 is 3.85…
  • John Locke Update

    Helping Society Return to Civil Debate

    August 2, 2018
    Is there a return to civility in our future? Our political culture seems to be getting increasingly more toxic. This path, if we stay on it, has a bloody end,…
  • John Locke Update

    Seven Cheers for Brett Kavanaugh

    August 2, 2018
    When President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, I was thrilled. I had read and admired his opinions for years, and, when people asked me what I…
  • John Locke Update

    Trade is Always and Everywhere Reciprocal

    August 2, 2018
    There is a puzzling term regularly being used by members of the Trump administration that, they argue, is the ultimate goal of their protectionist trade policies. The phrase is “reciprocal…
  • John Locke Update

    Public Education Jobs, Jobs, and More Jobs

    July 26, 2018
    Education is a labor-intensive industry, and our public schools provide outstanding employment opportunities for a wide range of workers.  Last year, North Carolina’s public school districts and charter schools employed…