• Press Release

    Overspending plays largest role in state’s fiscal woes

    posted January 6, 2009
    RALEIGH — Rampant state government spending bears much of the blame for North Carolina’s current budget woes, according to a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. State spending has…
  • Research Report

    A Blueprint for Annexation Reform

    posted December 15, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera, Daren Bakst
    Real reform of the state’s regressive annexation law does not mean getting rid of annexation generally or even city-initiated annexation. However, it should mean getting rid of the practice of forced annexation that allows municipalities to unilaterally force individuals in unincorporated areas to live within the municipalities.
  • Press Release

    JLF analyst offers blueprint for annexation reform

    posted December 15, 2008
    RALEIGH — Four major reforms are critical for North Carolina to get rid of forced annexation, according to a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. The changes would help…
  • Research Report

    North Carolina’s Beach Plan: Who pays for Coastal Property Insurance?

    posted November 30, 2008 by Katie Bethune, Eli Lehrer, Dr. Michael Sanera
    North Carolina's little-known Beach Plan imposes an enormous fiscal liability on the state. Intended largely to provide windstorm insurance for coastal residents unable to find coverage elsewhere, the Plan has grown to become one of the nation's largest entities of its type.
  • Press Release

    N.C. schools need better career, technical education

    posted November 17, 2008
    RALEIGH — Improved Career and Technical Education programs could help lower North Carolina’s public school dropout rate while helping more students prepare for the workforce. Those are key findings in…
  • Research Report

    Main Street, Not Jones Street: The real greed menacing North Carolina is government greed

    posted November 17, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera, Daren Bakst
    During policy discussions, much is made of the greed of private individuals, but rarely is government greed mentioned. Government greed is the lust for power that consumes policymakers — the desire to do whatever it takes to stay in power and to give government more power. In the North Carolina legislature, government greed is alive and well. Ten policy examples discussed in this report reasonably attest to this lust for power.
  • Press Release

    Chatham corridor plan would hurt most affected landowners

    posted November 11, 2008
    RALEIGH — Chatham County landowners would bear the costs of a “radical” land-use plan designed to benefit a small, politically connected elite. That’s the conclusion of a new John Locke…

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