JLF Reports and Suggested Resources

The brevity of this briefing book obviously precludes lengthy discussion of many of the important and complicated issues that face state and local policymakers. We recommend that interested North Carolinians visit the following Locke Foundation Policy Reports and Spotlights, and that they contact one of the public policy research organizations in the next section for additional information.

John Locke Foundation Reports

Budget, Taxation, and Economic Development

• "Fiscal Transparency in N.C.: Surveying state and local governments," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=199

• "Freedom Budget 2007," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/2007042483.html

• "A Better Bargain: Meeting North Carolina's needs without a $1 billion tax hike," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=81

• "Spend and Tax: A history of General Fund crises in N.C. and how to prevent them," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=75

• "Compensation Model Cannot Keep Good state Employees," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=136

• "The Political Spending Cycle: Spending binges lead to high-tax hangovers," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=125

• "They Can't All Be Teachers: N.C. government employment high and rising," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=108

• "Leading By Not Doing: Few counties and school districts receive donations, even from pro-tax residents," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=186

• "Bad Credit: State earned income tax credit would do little good at great cost," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=155

• "End All Tax Biases: Report on tax expenditures misses half the story," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=120

• "Liberty and Economic Growth: Principles for reforming North Carolina's tax system," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=52

• "Fiscal Transparency in N.C.: Surveying state and local governments," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=199

• "Common-Sense TIF Reforms: Ways to Avoid Randy Parton Theatre-Like Debacles and Other Disasters," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=200

• "Debt is Debt: Taxpayers on hook for TIFs despite rhetoric," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=187

K-12 Education

• "Reading, Writing, and Handbells: Course enrollment in the era of No Child Left Behind," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/20070913181.html

• "The ABCs of Public Disgrace: North Carolina's school-accountability system has misled parents and taxpayers," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/20061101146.html

• "Raise the Bar, Not the Age: Why raising the compulsory school age won’t reduce dropouts," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=170

• "Better Instruction, Not More Time: A longer school day and year will be North Carolina’s next education fad," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=177

• "Honey, I Shrunk the Class!: How reducing class size fails to raise student achievement," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=123

• "The Solution Is School Choice: We already know what to do about North Carolina's school facilities crisis," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=175

• "Education Tax Credits in North Carolina: Innovation in education," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=149

• "Why Charter Schools Are Good for North Carolina," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=84

• "Annual Report on Teacher Pay: N.C. teacher compensation is more than $5,000 higher than the national average," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=190

• "Public School Hiring Frenzy: As personnel increases, so does bureaucracy," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=133

• "A Lottery That Helps Students: How lottery proceeds should be spent for education," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=127

• "Don't Bet On It: A state lottery would not be an alternative to taxes," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=98

• "Eastern NC's Lottery Bug: Counties with higher taxes and unemployment play more," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=165

• "Job Training That Works: Public programs stagnate, which private and charitable training excels," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=194

Higher Education Policy

• See various reports at the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, www.popecenter.org

Government Regulation and Property Rights

• "Eminent Domain in NC: The Case for Real Reform," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=85

• "Ten Myths of the Annexation Process: The truth is, N.C.'s annexation law lets municipalities run wild," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=204

• "Flawed and Undemocratic: Forced Annexation Is Good for Municipal Leaders, But Bad for the Public," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=172

• "Consumer Protection Blackout: Why the Public Staff Should Be Reformed," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=161

• "The Tort of Medical Malpractice: Is It Time for Law Reform in North Carolina?," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=50

Transportation Policy

• "No, Fix the Roads First: How N.C. has taken transportation out of transportation policy," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=185

• "Traffic Congestion in North Carolina: Status, Prospects, and Solutions," http://www.johnlocke.org/site-docs/traffic/

• "Policy versus Performance: Directions for North Carolina's Largest Transit Systems," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=71

• "TEA-21's Impact: Performance of State Highway Systems 1984-2003," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=55

Environment, Energy, and Climate Change

• "Low-Cost Energy: Critical for the Economy and Our Way of Life," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=196

• "A Wind Power Primer: Emission reduction negligible for land-intensive, unreliable, noisy, ugly bird-killing turbines," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=195

• "Electric Shock: North Carolinians would be required to pay for electricity in other states," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=178

• "Renewable Energy At All Costs: Legislation ignores the will of the public and would have unintended consequences," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=174

• "The Economics of Climate Change Legislation in North Carolina," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=169

• "Taxes, Subsidies, and Regulation: A guide to North Carolina's proposed global warming policies," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=147

• "A North Carolina Citizen's Guide to Global Warming," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=86

• "Happy Earth Day: North Carolina's air is worth celebrating," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=166

• "Drought-Resistant Water: Variable prices can work better than mandatory restrictions," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=188

Health Care Reform

• "Long-term Care Financing in North Carolina: Good Intentions, Ambitious Efforts, Unintended Consequences," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=145

• "High-Risk Health Insurance Pools: A step towards an individual insurance market," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=145

• "Your Health, Your Choices: Employers and the state fail to meet individual health care needs," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=132

• "Health Savings Accounts: Consumer-driven health care for North Carolina public employees and teachers," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=64

• "Certificate-of-Need-Laws: It's time for repeal," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=62

• "Get Control of Medicaid: Bringing costs into line will help state budget," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=92

• "Jail Diversion Programs: A step toward better mental health reform," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=193

• "Reform the Reform: How mental health reform went wrong and what lies ahead," http://www.johnlocke.org/spotlights/display_story.html?id=176

Campaign Finance Reform

• "Political Welfare: Why Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns Are Bad for Taxpayers and Democracy," http://www.johnlocke.org/policy_reports/display_story.html?id=69

Suggested Resources

Budget and Taxation

• Americans for Tax Reform, 1920 L Street NW, #200, Washington, DC 20036, 202-785-0266, www.atr.org

• Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-842-0200, www.cato.org

• Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, 1710 Rhode Island NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-463-1400, www.iret.org

• National Taxpayers Union, 108 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-683-5700. www.ntu.org

• Tax Foundation, 1900 M Street NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036, 202-464-6200, www.taxfoundation.org

Business and Regulation

• American Enterprise Institute, 1150 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-862-5800, www.aei.org

• Americans for Prosperity, 1726 M Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20036, 202-349-5880, www.americansforprosperity.org

• Competitive Enterprise Institute, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1250, Washington, DC 20036, 202-331-1010, www.cei.org

• Consumer Alert, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1128, Washington, DC 20036, 202-467-5809, www.consumeralert.org

• Heartland Institute, 19 South LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60063, 312-377-4000, www.heartland.org

• Institute for Justice, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006, 202-955-1300, www.ij.org

• Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 3301 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 450, Arlington, VA 22201, 703-993-4930, www.mercatus.org

• Pacific Research Institute, 755 Sansome Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-989-0833, www.pacificresearch.org

• Reason Foundation, 3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90034, 310-391-2245, www.rppi.org

• Weidenbaum Center, Washington University, Campus Box 1027, St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-935-5630, csab.wustl.edu


• American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 1726 M Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, 202-467-6787, www.goacta.org

• Center for Education Reform, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 204, Washington, DC 20036, 202-822-9000, www.edreform.com

• Fordham Foundation, 1627 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006, 202-223-5452, www.edexcellence.net

• Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202-546-4400, www.heritage.org

• Hudson Institute, P.O. Box 26-919, Indianapolis, IN 46226, 317-545-1000, www.hudson.org

• National Association of Scholars, 221 Witherspoon St, 2nd fl., Princeton, NJ 08542-3215, 609-683-7878, www.nas.org

• Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, 601 Walnut Street, Suite 510, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-717-FIRE, www.thefire.org

• The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, One American Square, Suite #2420, Indianapolis, IN 46282, 317-681-0745, www.friedmanfoundation.org


• Property and Environmental Research Center, 502 South 19th Avenue, Suite 211, Bozeman, MT 59718, 406-587-9591, www.perc.org

• The Science & Environmental Policy Project, 1600 South Eads Street, Suite #712-S, Arlington, VA 22202-2907, 703-920-2744, www.sepp.org

• The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, http://nzclimatescience.net

• CO2 Science, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, P.O. Box 25697, Tempe, AZ 85285, www.CO2Science.org

• George C. Marshall Institute, 1625 K. Street, NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20006, 202-296-9655, www.marshall.org

• Institute for Energy Research, 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 900, South Building, Washington, DC 20004, 202-434-8200, www.InstituteForEnergyResearch.org

• Capital Research Center, 1513 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-483-6900, www.greenwatch.org

• National Resources Stewardship Project, A 102-1075 Bay St., Suite 405, Toronto, Ontario M55 2B2, 613-234-4487, www.nrsp.com

• Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Rd., P.O. Box 2008, Building 1509, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, 865-574-2232, http://cdiac.ornl.gov

• The Center for Science and Public Policy, 209 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Suite 2100, Washington, DC 20003, 202-454-5249, www.ff.org

• Climate Strategies Watch, www.climatestrategieswatch.com


Health and Welfare

• Council for Affordable Health Insurance, 127 S. Peyton Street, Suite 210, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-836-6200, www.cahi.org

• Galen Institute, P.O. Box 19080, Alexandria, VA 22320, 703-299-8900, www.galen.org

• Pacific Research Institute, 755 Sansome Street, Suite 450, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-989-0833, http://health.pacificresearch.org

• State House Call: a blog with commentary on the latest news stories and debates surrounding health care, www.statehousecall.org

• National Center for Policy Analysis, 12770 Coit Rd., Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75251, 972-386-6272, www.NCPA.org

Other Issues

• American Legislative Exchange Council, 1129 20th Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036, 202-466-3800, www.alec.org

• Center for Equal Opportunity, 14 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 500, Sterling VA 20165, 703-421-5443, www.ceousa.org

• The Federalist Society, 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 425 Washington, DC 20036, 202-822-8138, www.fed-soc.org

• Free Congress Foundation, 717 2nd Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202-546-3000, www.freecongress.org

• U.S. Term Limits, 240 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025, 800-733-6440, www.termlimits.org

North Carolina Organizations

• Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina, 200 West Morgan Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, 919-839-1011, www.afpnc.org

• Center for Local Innovation, 200 W. Morgan Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601, 919-828-3876, www.localinnovation.org

• Civitas Institute, 1005 Harrington St., Raleigh, NC 27603, 919-834-2099, www.jwpcivitasinstitute.org

• National Federation of Independent Business-North Carolina Chapter, 100 Sawmill Road, Suite 201, Raleigh, NC 27615, 919-844-6342. www.nfib.com

• North Carolina Education Alliance, 200 W. Morgan Street, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27601, 704-231-9767 (Charlotte office), www.nceducationalliance.org

• North Carolina Family Policy Council, 343 Six Forks Road, Suite 285, Raleigh, NC 27609, 919-807-0800, www.ncfpc.org

• North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, 225 Hillsborough Street Suite 280, Raleigh, NC 27603, 919-838-5313, www.ncicl.org

• Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, 333 E. Six Forks Rd., Suite 150, Raleigh, NC 27609, 919-828-1400, www.popecenter.org

• Stop NC Annexation, P.O. Box 292, Cary, NC 27512, 919-649-9154, www.stopncannexation.com

• Parents for Educational Freedom, 4924 Windy Hill Dr., Suite B, Raleigh, NC 27609, 919-871-1084, www.pefnc.org