• Research Report

    Protecting Families and Businesses: A Plan for Fiscal Balance and Economic Growth

    posted February 20, 2011 by Joseph Coletti
    This budget proposal would spend $18.4 billion and return spending to the same levels, adjusted for population and inflation, as in the mid-1990s. In addition to ending the temporary sales tax and income tax surcharges, this budget would reduce the tax rates on personal and corporate income, setting the stage for future tax reform.
  • Research Report

    End All Tax Biases: Report on Tax Expenditures Misses Half the Story

    posted December 18, 2005 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina’s tax code distorts economic activity. It penalizes the investment, savings, and entrepreneurship needed for economic growth. But the latest report on taxes from the Department of Revenue only looks at ways the tax code does not bring in as much money as it could.
  • Press Release

    Analyst: End All Tax Biases

    posted December 18, 2005
    RALEIGH – As North Carolina policymakers and analysts prepare for a major debate on reforming the state tax code, a new report from the John Locke Foundation calls into question…
  • Research Report

    The Budget Untouchables: Increased Spending Overwhelms Reported Cuts

    posted February 20, 2005 by Joseph Coletti
    Despite a $1.3 billion deficit, Gov. Mike Easley will propose up to 6 percent higher spending in his 2005-06 budget, even with small proposed savings in most agencies. Medicaid and education spending have grown rapidly, and will continue apace. Instead, the governor plans to keep the temporary half-cent sales tax and add a large cigarette tax to pay for higher spending. This is no way to address what the Fiscal Research Division calls a structural budget deficit.
  • Research Report

    Don’t Raise Taxes Again: North Carolina Continues to Fall Behind Others

    posted April 8, 2003 by John Hood
    The North Carolina General Assembly faces a critical choice about the state’s fiscal direction: whether to extend nearly $500 million in tax increases that politicians had previously promised were “temporary,” or to find additional savings to balance the FY 2003-04 budget. Since the taxes were originally imposed in 2001, North Carolina’s business growth has fallen short of the Southastern average and its tax rates remain among the highest in the region and the nation. And according to the Tax Foundation, North Carolina's state/local tax burden has risen to 25th in the nation in 2003, up from 36th in 1998.
  • Research Report

    Changing Course V: An Updated Alternative Budget for North Carolina

    posted May 5, 2002
    With news of a worsening state budget and a weakened state economy, Locke Foundation analysts have updated last year's alternative budget with new projected savings and tax changes for FY 2002-03. The resulting Changing Course V budget would eliminate the deficit, repeal last year's hikes in sales and income taxes, stimulate the economy through additional tax relief and highway investment, and protect highpriority items such as public safety and classroom teachers.

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