• John Locke Update

    Medicaid Enrollment Numbers Call for Caution in State Spending

    posted September 24, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    Medicaid enrollment is up across the country, including North Carolina, which means costs are up, too. States don't have the flexibility to borrow and print money as the federal government does, so planning for the future is especially important when facing economic uncertainty.
  • John Locke Update

    States and Families are Saving for the Future

    posted August 30, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    While the federal government’s deficit and debt grow, it seems families and state governments have become better savers during the current recovery. North Carolina’s budget picture is improving, with revenues…
  • John Locke Update

    Does Government Spending Expand the Economy?

    posted June 20, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    There is a simple equation that every first-semester student in macroeconomics learns. It is the equation for measuring gross domestic product or GDP. GDP is used to measure the size…
  • Research Report

    North Carolina Budget FY 2015 – 17

    posted September 21, 2015 by Sarah Curry
    For fiscal year 2015-16, the General Fund budget will rise 3.1 percent to $21.7 billion, below the combined rates of population growth and inflation. The following year, the budget will have an overall increase of less than one-percent.
  • 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.
  • Press Release

    Local Tax Burdens Grow Heavier

    posted February 7, 2006
    RALEIGH – North Carolinians are shouldering a heavier local-government tax burden, according to a new study by the Center for Local Innovation. The average North Carolinian saw local taxes…
  • Press Release

    Asheville 3rd in Taxes

    posted January 31, 2006
    RALEIGH – Local taxes and fees in Asheville totaled about $1,819 per resident in 2004, ranking the city 3rd out of 26 major N.C. cities in local government costs, according…
  • Press Release

    Charlotte Tops Tax List Again

    posted January 31, 2006
    RALEIGH – Local taxes and fees in Charlotte totaled about $2,185 per resident in 2004, ranking North Carolina’s largest city No. 1 for local government costs among major cities for…

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