• John Locke Update

    Policies to Put Local Jobs First

    posted March 28, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    America has always been a country on the move. Across the ocean, across the continent, and, for decades after the frontier officially closed, Americans have moved away from (and often…
  • John Locke Update

    What You Need to Know about the Federal Tax Reform Proposal

    posted September 28, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Most conservative and libertarian groups opposed ObamaCare repeal efforts because they did not go far enough to dismantle state intervention in health care. Rand Paul took the same line. John…
  • John Locke Update

    Earning Trust on Poverty

    posted September 6, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Have you ever wondered why people are not convinced by your arguments to get government out of the business of trying to fix a problem because its interventions only cause…
  • Press Release

    Lawmakers should nix tax-raising schemes

    posted February 27, 2007
    RALEIGH – North Carolina taxpayers would pay the price if state lawmakers endorse complex fund-raising schemes this year. That’s according to a new John Locke Foundation Policy Report. Click…
  • Research Report

    A Better Bargain: Meeting North Carolina’s needs without a $1 billion tax hike

    posted February 27, 2007 by Joseph Coletti
    Budgets reflect priorities. When families face a new expense, they must cut back on another expense. Governments do not have this limitation. When legislators find they have spent too much or that there are new activities worth funding, they can raise taxes to make sure the budget balances and pass along the tough decisions to businesses, entrepreneurs, and families.
  • Research Report

    Bad Credit: State Earned Income Tax Credit would do little good at great cost

    posted February 18, 2007 by Joseph Coletti
    The Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has helped single mothers escape poverty, but it has penalized married parents and is plagued by misunderstanding and fraud. A state EITC at five percent of the federal level would cost $66 million with the same problems but less impact. State tax credits should address problems in the federal tax code, such as the penalty against middle class parents who do not qualify for means-tested programs or against individuals who do not purchase health insurance through their employer. The state child tax credit addresses the former and a health insurance purchase tax credit would address the latter problem.

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