• Research Report

    Does Stanly need a sales tax increase?

    posted April 8, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Stanly County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on May 6. This report identifies $23 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — over 16.7 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.
  • Press Release

    Alexander does not need new funding source

    posted December 20, 2007
    RALEIGH – Alexander County commissioners could free almost $5.3 million for high-priority county government functions, without raising tax rates. That’s the message in a new John Locke Foundation…
  • Research Report

    Alexander County doesn’t need a sales tax increase

    posted December 20, 2007 by Joseph Coletti, Dr. Terry Stoops, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Alexander County commissioners are asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase on January 8. But the county has nearly $5.3 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
  • Press Release

    Charter schools would boost UNC teacher training

    posted December 3, 2007
    RALEIGH – The University of North Carolina could boost its teacher-training programs by starting charter schools at most UNC campuses. That’s the key recommendation in a new John Locke Foundation…
  • Press Release

    Use Prices to Match Water Supply With Demand

    posted December 2, 2007
    RALEIGH – Flexible water prices would help North Carolina communities do a better job dealing with the state’s drought, according to a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. Click…
  • Press Release

    Funding scheme raises costs, hides incentives

    posted November 18, 2007
    RALEIGH – The Kannapolis City Council’s plan to borrow $168 million through tax increment financing exposes key problems with that type of funding scheme. That’s according to a new John…
  • Press Release

    Tax advocates unwilling to spare their own money

    posted November 4, 2007
    RALEIGH – People who urge local governments to dig deeper into taxpayers’ pocketbooks seem unwilling to part with their own cash voluntarily. That’s the key conclusion in a new John…

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