• Research Report

    Bond, School Bonds: School Bonds Will Leave Taxpayers Shaken Down, Not Stirred

    posted October 25, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Daren Bakst
    Elected officials in Durham, Gaston, Macon, Mecklenburg, and Moore counties are asking voters to approve school construction bonds that will increase an already high tax burden on low and middle income homeowners in these counties. Local governments have failed to implement the full range of school facilities alternatives and strategies that could accommodate enrollment growth without imposing additional taxes and long-term debt on taxpayers.
  • Press Release

    N.C. transportation policy needs new priorities

    posted October 17, 2007
    RALEIGH – This year’s high-profile Minneapolis bridge disaster exposes North Carolina’s need for new state transportation priorities. That’s the key finding in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
  • Research Report

    No, Fix the Roads First: How N.C. has taken transportation out of transportation policy

    posted October 17, 2007 by Daren Bakst
    The Minneapolis I-35 bridge disaster and the poor condition of North Carolina’s bridges should be a wake-up call for policymakers to set sensible priorities for transportation policy. N.C. has 17,782 bridges, of which 5,082 (29 percent) are deemed deficient by the federal government. N.C. ranks 32nd in the nation in percentage of deficient bridges — 10th worst in total number of deficient bridges.
  • Research Report

    Swain County doesn’t need a land-transfer tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Swain County commissioners are asking voters to approve a 200 percent increase in the real estate transfer tax on November 6. But the county has about $2.6 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
  • Research Report

    Washington County doesn’t need a land-transfer tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Washington County commissioners are asking voters to approve a 600 percent increase in the real estate transfer tax on November 6. But the county has about $4.1 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
  • Research Report

    Gates County doesn’t need a land-transfer tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Gates County commissioners are asking voters to approve a 200 percent increase in the real estate transfer tax on November 6. But the county has about $2.5 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
  • Research Report

    Henderson County doesn’t need a land-transfer tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Henderson County commissioners are asking voters to approve a 200 percent increase in the real estate transfer tax on November 6. But the county has about $19.6 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
  • Research Report

    Sampson County doesn’t need a sales tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Sampson County commissioners are asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase on November 6. But the county has about $15.5 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
  • Research Report

    Hertford County doesn’t need a sales tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Hertford County commissioners are asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase on November 6. But the county has about $7 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
  • Research Report

    Columbus County doesn’t need a sales tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Columbus County commissioners are asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase on November 6. But the county has about $15.6 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.

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