• John Locke Update

    The Fog of Covid-19 Data: Hospitalizations and Deaths

    posted October 12, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Last week I looked at how North Carolina uses a test cycle threshold that is several cycles past what the scientific consensus calls for, what virologists advise, and what the…
  • John Locke Update

    The Fog of COVID-19 Data: How many cases aren’t even cases?

    posted October 9, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    How many of North Carolina's "positive" cases would have been negative if the state's cycle threshold was more in line with research consensus, the CDC's recommendation, or the best advice from virologists?
  • John Locke Update

    By Gov. Cooper’s own standards, NC should be open

    posted September 21, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Remember Cooper's supposed "metrics" for reopening? According to the very standards the governor set, North Carolina should be open and back to business.
  • Research Report

    By The Numbers 2007: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties

    posted January 28, 2007 by Michael Lowrey
    County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions in revenue. Their roles grow ever greater as state government shifts more taxing power to localities to make up for money kept by the state. Still, finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in NC.
  • Research Report

    By The Numbers 2006: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties

    posted January 31, 2006 by Michael Lowrey
    County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions in revenue. Their roles grow ever greater as state government shifts more taxing power to localities to make up for money kept by the state. Still, finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in NC.
  • Research Report

    Unsteady Ground: A Survey of North Carolina Business Leaders on Competitiveness, Taxes, and Reform

    posted December 4, 2005 by John Hood, Chad Adams
    A new survey of North Carolina’s most politically active business executives suggests that they disagree with the current direction of public policy in the state. A sample of over 600 respondents from every region of North Carolina answered questions about fiscal policy, education, transportation, tax rates, regulation, and ways to improve economic competitiveness. This report provides data not only from the statewide sample, but also from six regional subgroups: the Research Triangle (RTP), the Piedmont Triad (WNC), the Charlotte area, Northeastern North Carolina, Southeastern North Carolina, and Western North Carolina.
  • Research Report

    By The Numbers 2005: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties

    posted January 15, 2005 by Michael Lowrey
    County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions in revenue. Their roles grow ever greater as state government shifts more taxing power to localities to make up for money kept by the state. Still, finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in NC.
  • Press Release

    Charlotte Has Three-Peat — in Tax Burden

    posted January 11, 2004
    RALEIGH — Local taxes and fees in Charlotte totaled more than $2,018 per resident in 2002, ranking North Carolina’s largest city No. 1 for local government costs among major cities…
  • Research Report

    E-government: Saving Money While Better Serving Citizens

    posted January 5, 2003 by Erik Root
    Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith said that one of the greatest challenges facing local government is how to do more with less. This is certainly true for local governments in North Carolina. In the past two years, they have had to adjust to significantly more stringent budgetary constraints. This was brought on, in large part, by Governor Easley’s decision to withhold state reimbursements to counties and municipalities. Because of this localities are being forced to find innovative ways to balance their budgets.

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