• John Locke Update

    Sometimes Market Efficiency is the Wrong Standard

    posted June 10, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal provides a picture of the true costs of what Progressives and Democratic Socialists call “free.” He notes that many people have never seen a…
  • John Locke Update

    Trust, Government, and the Primacy of Traditional Institutions

    posted May 30, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    As the North Carolina Constitution states, “A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty.” It is important though not to let the smell…
  • John Locke Update

    Trade Deficits Can Be Beneficial

    posted April 10, 2019 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    I was recently cleaning out some old files and came across an article on trade deficits and surpluses that I wrote in 1988 while working as an economist with the…
  • Research Report

    Economic Incentives: County By County

    posted July 8, 2015 by Sarah Curry
    Between FY 2009 and FY 2014, 81 out of North Carolina’s 100 counties participated in economic development activities. Counties entered into 776 contracts worth nearly $284 million in incentives over the five-year period. Actual payments, however, totaled $144 million.
  • Research Report

    By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

    posted June 22, 2014 by Michael Lowrey
    The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.
  • Press Release

    Latest jobs reports show strong growth in North Carolina

    posted June 19, 2014
    RALEIGH — The latest federal employment data for North Carolina show positive signs of economic recovery, despite an increase in the state’s official unemployment rate for May. That’s the assessment…

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