• John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: Save It, Don’t Spend It

    posted May 22, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Tax reform left a number of people receiving smaller refunds (or writing larger checks) this April because many taxpayers inadvertently had too little withheld from their paychecks. On the other…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: Spotlight on the House Budget

    posted May 13, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    A $700 million accounting change made the North Carolina House’s $23.9 General Fund budget difficult to compare with past budgets and with Gov. Roy Cooper’s spending proposal. The budget bill…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: N.C. House Unveils its Spending Plan

    posted May 2, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    The North Carolina budget remains a work in progress even as the State House votes this week to approve its version and send it to their colleagues in the State…
  • John Locke Update

    N.C. Budget 2019: Republicans Draw Line in the Sand

    posted March 21, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    With each step of the budget process, the lines become clearer in the battle over the future of North Carolina for state employees, taxpayers, and citizens. Will state policymakers have…
  • John Locke Update

    Time for the N.C. Senate to Step Up on Eminent Domain

    posted March 12, 2019 by Jon Guze
    The Castle Coalition is a national membership organization made up of homeowners and small business owners that want to protect their property from eminent domain abuse. To help its…
  • John Locke Update

    N.C. Teachers are Getting Political

    posted May 11, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The May 16 teacher gathering in Raleigh is inspired by teacher demonstrations in other states and is energized by the desire of public school advocacy groups to weaken Republican control…
  • 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.
  • Press Release

    Taxpayers should reap benefits from surplus

    posted June 12, 2006
    RALEIGH – N.C. legislators should close the books on two “temporary” taxes, now that those taxes have helped generate a $2.4 billion state budget surplus. That’s a key finding in…

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