• Research Report

    It’s Spending, Not Taxes Lawmakers, Media Misstating Cause of Budget Gap

    January 13, 2001
    North Carolina's 1999-2001 budget cycle presents state lawmakers and the Hunt administration with a fiscal challenge — planned spending increases exceed predicted revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars. Some lawmakers and the news media have blamed four years of tax cuts and recent court decisions. This is misleading. By far the biggest cause of the problem was excessive spending growth during much of the 1990s. If state leaders had exercised even modest spending restraint, there would be no fiscal challenge awaiting the state this year.
  • Research Report

    Enabling the Disabled: Establishing a State Policy for North Carolina’s Disabled Citizens

    December 31, 2000
    Health and human services has become an important government responsibility, second only to education in terms of budget authorization. The disability services system, which serves North Carolina's mentally and physically disabled, receives approximately 17 percent of the funds of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), for a total of $1.25 billion in fiscal 1996. By N.N. Fullwood, Ph.D.
  • Press Release

    10th Anniversary Set for Feb. 19

    January 12, 2000
    RALEIGH — Former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr will make the keynote address as the John Locke Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary with a day-long conference and award ceremony on February…
  • Press Release

    Report: UNC Faculty Pay Already Competitive

    November 22, 1999
    RALEIGH — As students and faculty debate whether UNC-Chapel Hill should raise its tuition, a new study concludes that the problems to which the extra tuition money would be applied…
  • Press Release

    Smart Growth Isn’t Smart

    August 30, 1999
    RALEIGH — Policies associated with the “Smart Growth” movement would be disastrous for North Carolina communities, according to a new report released today by the John Locke Foundation. Smart Growth…
  • Press Release

    Building public schools without tax increases

    June 16, 1999
    RALEIGH — North Carolina school districts and local officials should pursue new ways to build, renovate, and operate public schools to avoid tax increases, say the authors of a new…
  • Press Release

    Increase Highway Budget

    March 18, 1999
    RALEIGH—North Carolina should spend an additional $410 million annually over the next seven years — without raising taxes — to get back on track in maintaining and expanding the state…
  • Press Release

    Race Preferences Challenged

    January 25, 1999
    RALEIGH — The John Locke Foundation has released a new handbook advising North Carolina college and university trustees on the legal implications of race preferences in higher education. The handbook,…
  • Research Report

    Robin Hood In Reverse: State Lottery for College Aid Would Be Unfair

    January 16, 1999
    As state leaders debate yet another proposal for a state lottery this year, they should consider the equity issues raised by using proceeds to fund college scholarships, as done in Georgia and proposed in previous N.C. bills. The family income of freshmen entering a UNC system school averaged $55,000 in 1997, while the median income of UNC-Chapel Hill freshmen was about $75,000.1 By comparison, if a North Carolina lottery follows Virginia's pattern of participation, the median household income of lottery players would be only $29,000.2