• Press Release

    Green school buildings fail to deliver on promises

    posted February 22, 2016
    Click here to listen to Todd Myers discussing this report. RALEIGH — “Green” school buildings in North Carolina fall far short of their promises to protect the environment through…
  • Research Report

    The Case Against CON: A law that prevents health care innovation

    posted June 2, 2015 by Katherine Restrepo
    What the healthcare industry needs is a strong dose of disruptive innovation — relaxing regulations that will increase provider competition, force downward pressure on costs, and enhance patient choice. CON ultimately picks who gets to compete within the health care sector. Reforming the law will by no means untangle the complexities of health care, but state lawmakers should capitalize on an opportunity to make one of the most highly regulated industries a little less heavy on the red tape and a little more patient friendly.
  • Press Release

    Wake school group omits construction cost data

    posted September 17, 2007
    RALEIGH – A Wake County school facilities study group has ignored research data that could help taxpayers save millions of dollars while building new schools more efficiently. The John Locke…
  • Research Report

    Minority Report: From a Member of the Wake County Citizens’ Facilities Advisory Committee

    posted September 17, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    What follows is the minority report I submitted to the Wake County Citizens’ Facilities Advisory Committee on Thursday, September 13, 2007. Although I am a member of that committee, the chairs of the committee, John Mabe and Billie Redmond, denied my request to have this report included with the final committee report.
  • Press Release

    N.C. students don’t need big buildings

    posted February 26, 2007
    RALEIGH – North Carolina can avoid large, expensive school buildings while working to improve student performance. That’s the key finding in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. Click…
  • Research Report

    Buildings Don’t Teach Students: North Carolina should concentrate on what goes on inside the buildings

    posted February 26, 2007 by Dr. Michael Sanera
    Unfortunately for North Carolina’s students, most of the adult debate over schools has focused on where to find the money to build the schools to accommodate its rapidly growing student population. Last year several NC counties passed bonded indebtedness of nearly $1.5 billion and presently counties and the state are discussing more bonds totaling an additional $3.6 billion.
  • Press Release

    Raleigh Judges ‘Impact’ Halfway

    posted March 29, 2006
    RALEIGH – The Raleigh City Council wants to raise impact fees on construction by 72 percent. But the city’s consultants failed to account for positive impacts of new construction, a…
  • Research Report

    Raleigh’s Flawed Impact Fee: Incomplete Research Means Proposal Is Broken from the Start

    posted March 29, 2006 by Dr. Michael Sanera
    At a public hearing on April 4 the Raleigh city council will receive public input on a proposed across-the-board 72 percent increase in the city’s impact fee schedule (from $682 to $1,172 for single-family homes).1 Unfortunately, the consultant’s report that serves as the basis for an increase is flawed. In fact, Raleigh has collected impact fees for nearly twenty years without ever considering sound economic research. As the word “impact” implies, new housing generates both increased demand for public services and increased tax revenues. Surprisingly, the city council has not demanded that city staff and highly paid consultants produce reports that provide balanced and complete economic analysis. It is not too late; the council should not change the impact fee until proper economic analysis is conducted.
  • Research Report

    Cost-Effectiveness of North Carolina’s Major Road Projects

    posted October 5, 2004 by Dr. David Hartgen
    Major road projects are freeway and arterial widenings, new freeways and arterials, new exits, climbing lanes and other major actions that are large enough to likely affect growth. Between 1990 and early 2004, North Carolina constructed 349 major road projects costing about $7.34 billion, about 50 percent of the total expenditures for the TIP and Loop roads and about 1/3 of the total NC State highway program over the same period. This study reviews recent trends in North Carolina’s highway funding practices and the cost-effectiveness of these major capital actions.

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