• Press Release

    Overspending sets table for N.C. tax hikes

    posted September 13, 2006
    RALEIGH – North Carolina legislators employ a “spend and tax” budget policy that paves the way for regular tax hikes, according to a new John Locke Foundation Policy Report.
  • Research Report

    Spend and Tax: A History of General Fund Crises in N.C. and How to Prevent Them

    posted September 13, 2006 by Joseph Coletti
    The General Assembly is often said to have "tax and spend" policies, but its pattern is one of "spend and tax" policies. During economic booms, tax revenues increase and legislators fund new programs that cannot be sustained during an economic bust. When the bust comes, legislators raise taxes to pay for those new government programs.

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