• John Locke Update

    Lottery Sales Still Depend on Economic Desperation

    posted August 28, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    The North Carolina Education Lottery has seen many changes since its scandal-soaked enactment in 2005: lots of new games, Mega Millions, even a new headquarters. But one thing has…
  • Research Report

    Just Not Worth the Gamble: The NC Education Lottery’s many problems have a common solution

    posted February 1, 2011 by Jon Sanders
    The North Carolina Education Lottery was sold as a way to boost education spending, but N.C. boasts the same problem found in other lottery states: a declining rate of spending for education, especially in comparison with the rest of the state budget. Furthermore, poverty, unemployment, and property tax rates remain the best predictors of lottery sales.
  • Research Report

    The First 100 Days: Eleven Action Items for the 2011 Legislative Session

    posted November 11, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This report highlights eleven action items that North Carolina’s new General Assembly should seek to implement in the first 100 days of the 2011 legislative session. These items touch upon a cross section of public policy areas, including education, economic development, property rights, energy and the environment, health care, the budget, and transparency. We at the John Locke Foundation believe that these items represent straightforward actions that would greatly enhance the liberty and prosperity of North Carolina’s citizens.
  • Press Release

    Lottery sales linked to poverty, unemployment rates

    posted March 20, 2007
    RALEIGH – Counties with high poverty and unemployment rates tend to have the highest rates of lottery ticket sales in North Carolina. That’s a key finding in a new John…
  • Research Report

    Better priorities for the budget surplus

    posted May 10, 2006 by Joseph Coletti
    Gov. Mike Easley’s proposed $18.9 billion budget does not provide enough relief to taxpayers who made it possible. The governor could have returned the $1.1 billion in overcollections to taxpayers without jeopardizing future fiscal health. This would include ending the half-cent sales tax and 8.25 percent income tax rate set to expire in 2007, and providing a temporary quarter-cent sales tax refund. Removing the county burden for Medicaid would also ease the fiscal pressure local governments face to raise taxes to pay for schools and roads.
  • Press Release

    Easley Spending Plan Follows Revenues Up

    posted May 8, 2006
    Gov. Mike Easley’s proposed state budget takes advantage of a $2 billion surplus to increase spending by $1.6 billion, according to a preliminary analysis by the John Locke Foundation.
  • Press Release

    Make the Lottery Suit Education’s Needs

    posted February 14, 2006
    RALEIGH – North Carolina’s education lottery would set aside too much revenue for unproven educational programs, a new John Locke Foundation report argues. A better formula could lead to…
  • Research Report

    A Lottery That Helps Students: How Lottery Proceeds Should Be Spent for Education

    posted February 14, 2006 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    As the law is currently written, the education lottery will do little to fund the most critical needs of North Carolina’s students. Too much of the revenue will be used for unproven class-size reduction efforts and pre-kindergarten programs. Too little of the lottery revenue will be given to school districts and charter schools that have critical school facilities needs. The General Assembly can maximize the educational benefit of the lottery revenue by distributing more funds for capital expenditures to high-growth school districts and to charter schools.

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