• John Locke Update

    Restore the SALT deduction

    posted January 30, 2020 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    In the shadow of their impeachment vote last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on and passed a bill that got few headlines, primarily because it will likely go…
  • John Locke Update

    Revaluation and Property Taxes in Wake County and Beyond

    posted January 16, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Wake County is one of 11 counties this year that is reappraising commercial and residential property values. It appears to be the first of those counties to have revaluations posted…
  • John Locke Update

    How Do Tax Cuts Spur Economic Growth?

    posted September 17, 2019 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    It is widely believed, with plenty of evidence to support the hypothesis, that tax cuts spur economic growth. Over the past six decades, tax cut legislation has been implemented by…
  • John Locke Update

    Should Lawmakers Grant Local Option Sales Tax Flexibility?

    posted May 14, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    In 2011, Buncombe County commissioners and the president of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College promised voters that, if passed, a quarter-cent tax increase on the ballot that year would pay…
  • John Locke Update

    Recent Federal Tax Reforms: Good Enough? Fair Enough?

    posted April 19, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    The following is the transcript of a talk given on April 16, 2018 at Western Carolina University for WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise: In any discussion of…
  • John Locke Update

    Sales Tax Referenda: Coming to a Ballot Near You

    posted March 28, 2018 by Julie Tisdale
    With six weeks to go until the May primaries, voters in at least a dozen North Carolina counties should start considering whether they should vote for or against proposed…
  • John Locke Update

    Twelve Counties Ask Voters to Approve Higher Taxes

    posted March 22, 2018 by Julie Tisdale
    At last count, 12 North Carolina counties will include an increase in the local sales tax on their May ballots.  In all 12 of those counties, it’s a bad idea. …
  • John Locke Update

    The Perils of Increasing Local Sales Taxes

    posted March 14, 2018 by Julie Tisdale
    In 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation allowing counties to impose an additional quarter-cent sales tax to raise revenue within their jurisdictions.  These taxes must be approved by…

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