• Press Release

    Planned CMS Schools Expensive

    posted September 27, 2005
    RALEIGH – The proposed $427 million school bond in Charlotte-Mecklenburg would fund facilities that are far more expensive than in comparable districts and ignores alternative ways to build schools at…
  • Research Report

    Building for the Future: The School Enrollment Boom in North Carolina

    posted September 27, 2005 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Multi-million dollar bond referendums and tax increases will not repair the damage done by years of inadequate school facilities planning. With construction and labor costs rising, massive school building programs, such as the one proposed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), will exert a crippling tax burden on local communities.
  • Research Report

    Not Enough Bright Spots: Senate Budget Hides Hopeful Measures

    posted May 4, 2005 by Joseph Coletti
    Senators deserve a great deal of credit for decisions in their proposed budget to limit dual eligibility for Medicaid and Medicare, reduce the number of teacher assistants in public schools, and remove General Fund support for some activities that should rely on receipts. These changes do not reflect an overall return to fiscal reationality, however. The Senate still increases spending by $1 billion, paid for with fund transfers and big tax hikes.
  • Research Report

    Don’t Bet On It: A State Lottery Would Not Be an Alternative to Taxes

    posted March 9, 2005 by John Hood
    Supporters of a proposed government lottery argue that it would be a welcome alternative to raising state taxes to fund education. But there is no evidence to suggest that politicians in lottery states use the proceeds to reduce other taxes. They just allow state budgets to grow. Also, properly understood, a state-run lottery does increase taxes — it creates a government gambling monopoly and then levies a steep tax on it.
  • Press Release

    North Carolina Politics Nears Parity

    posted November 7, 2002
    RALEIGH — A preliminary analysis of state and local results from North Carolina’s 2002 elections suggests that North Carolina is continuing its move toward political parity, said John Hood, president…
  • Press Release

    Lottery, Tax Hike Lose in Tuesday Voting

    posted September 10, 2002
    RALEIGH — Delays may have put North Carolina lawmakers in the unfamiliar position of facing primary challengers in the midst of a legislative session, but candidates’ attempts to use support…
  • Research Report

    The Miseducation Lottery: Public Presented With Inflated Revenues, Benefits

    posted June 2, 2002 by John Hood
    Gov. Mike Easley's proposed budget for FY 2002-03 includes $250 million in revenue from a state-run lottery that has yet to be enacted. Among many legitimate objections to the administration's idea are that expected net revenue is inflated by between 37 percent and 62 percent - creating a hole in the budget of as much as $96 million — and that the administrative costs of the lottery tax exceed both the cost of alternative taxes and any revenue "loss" to out-of-state lotteries.
  • Research Report

    Still a Bad Idea: Lottery Would Bring Unstable, Costly Revenues

    posted September 16, 2001 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Gov. Mike Easley and other proponents are reportedly preparing to resurrect the idea of a state lottery for North Carolina. The case for this regressive and unpredictable source of revenue has, if anything, weakened in recent months, as other states with lotteries have experienced significant revenue shortfalls. The fact remains that Easley is overestimating the lottery’s potential revenue, thus creating the risk of additional tax increases in the future to make up the difference.
  • Research Report

    Changing Course IV: An Alternative Budget for North Carolina

    posted May 6, 2001 by John Hood, Dr. Roy Cordato, Don Carrington
    North Carolina faces significant fiscal and economic challenges over the next two years. But it need not resort to higher taxes, a state-run lottery, higher debt, or gimmickry to balance its budget. Nor does North Carolina need to skimp on crucial needs such as education and highways. By setting firm priorities within state government, eliminating unnecessary or duplicative programs, and charging users of some services a reasonable price, state leaders can generate sufficient savings to invest in the future needs of the state.
  • Research Report

    Virginian Red Herring: Cross-Border Sales Poor Reason For N.C. Lottery

    posted February 11, 2001 by Michael Lowrey, John Hood
    One of the most common arguments in favor of a state lottery for North Carolina is that the Virginia Lottery attracts as much as $100 million in lottery ticket purchases from North Carolinians. But this revenue loss is exaggerated and dwarfed by the loss of revenue to out-of-state corporations that North Carolina would experience with a lottery. In reality, Virginia receives at most $34 million in state revenues from N.C. residents, while management fees paid out-of-state for operating a N.C. lottery would be at least $36 million.

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