• Press Release

    JLF report questions Guilford’s proposed sales tax hike

    posted October 9, 2008
    RALEIGH — Guilford County commissioners could avoid a proposed sales tax increase for four years by diverting almost $65.3 million in savings and existing revenue streams to high-priority county government…
  • Research Report

    Does Cherokee need a sales tax increase?

    posted October 9, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Cherokee County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on November 4. This report identifies nearly $10 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — over 11 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.
  • Research Report

    Charlotte’s LYNX Line: A Preliminary Assessment

    posted October 5, 2008 by Dr. David Hartgen
    Dr. David Hartgen analyzes the Charlotte LYNX Line, finding, among other things, that final LYNX construction costs are about $521.9 million, about 130 percent above the initial estimate ($227 million), operating costs are about $9.22 million/year, and revenues are averaging about 31 percent of operating costs.
  • Research Report

    Private Well Regulation: A Real Possibility for North Carolinians

    posted September 30, 2008 by Daren Bakst
    Despite claims to the contrary, North Carolina’s new drought management bill does not expressly prohibit the regulation of water use from private wells. In fact, the bill likely authorizes regulation of water use from private wells.
  • Press Release

    Drought law could permit regulation of private wells

    posted September 30, 2008
    RALEIGH – North Carolina’s new drought management law likely would permit government regulation of private wells, despite claims to the contrary. That’s the key finding in a new John Locke…
  • Press Release

    N.C. government offers D-grade performance

    posted September 22, 2008
    RALEIGH — North Carolina earns a D grade for its Taxpayers’ Return on Investment, a new measure that compares states’ tax burdens to their performance in education, road quality, health,…
  • Research Report

    Performance Pay for Teachers: Increasing Student Achievement in Schools with Critical Needs

    posted September 22, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In 2006, in recognition of the need to attract and retain experienced administrators and teachers who teach subjects (Math and English/Language Arts) that are part of the state and federal accountability requirements, Guilford County Schools, the third largest school system in North Carolina, initiated Mission Possible. The program offers recruitment and performance incentives for teachers and administrators who teach in the county’s low-performing and low-income schools.

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