• John Locke Update

    An Overview of State Test Scores and Such

    posted September 6, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    On September 6, the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction released state test scores and other accountability measures for the 2017-18 school year.  Compared to the…
  • 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…
  • Research Report

    Lotteries and Economic Incentives: Governments need better tools to evaluate tax breaks

    posted September 6, 2010 by Joseph Coletti
    Business incentives are like lottery tickets, providing big rewards for governments if you don’t count the costs. Iredell County modeled the financial costs and benefits of an incentive offered in 2009 and showed a positive net present value for the incentives, but neglected to factor in the opportunity cost of forgoing the next best use for the funds and the likelihood the investment would have happened without an incentive.

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