• Press Release

    Free-market approach yields true sustainability

    posted May 14, 2008
    RALEIGH – Government leaders interested in “sustainability” should promote policies linked to individual liberty and a free-market economy, not policies that limit growth. That’s the key message in the John…
  • Press Release

    Macon bonds would boost high property tax burden

    posted October 25, 2007
    Click here to view and here to listen to Terry Stoops discussing this Regional Brief. RALEIGH – Macon County is asking voters next week to approve $42 million…
  • Research Report

    Bond, School Bonds: School Bonds Will Leave Taxpayers Shaken Down, Not Stirred

    posted October 25, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Daren Bakst
    Elected officials in Durham, Gaston, Macon, Mecklenburg, and Moore counties are asking voters to approve school construction bonds that will increase an already high tax burden on low and middle income homeowners in these counties. Local governments have failed to implement the full range of school facilities alternatives and strategies that could accommodate enrollment growth without imposing additional taxes and long-term debt on taxpayers.
  • Research Report

    Macon County doesn’t need a land-transfer tax increase

    posted September 26, 2007 by Joseph Coletti, Dr. Terry Stoops, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Macon County commissioners are asking voters to approve a 200 percent increase in the real estate transfer tax on November 6. But the county has about $21.6 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
  • Press Release

    Macon’s government needs no extra funding

    posted September 26, 2007
    Click here to view and here to listen to Dr. Michael Sanera discussing this Regional Brief. RALEIGH – Macon County voters should consider the millions of dollars their…
  • Research Report

    North Carolina’s Price-Control Laws: Harming Those They’re Meant to Help

    posted December 12, 2006 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    The state of North Carolina levies differing forms of price regulations on a range of what would otherwise be free-market activities. These include controls on wages, gasoline, interest rates, and an unspecified number of prices during disasters and states of emergency. The purpose of this paper is to explain why a free and flexible price system is so important to both social order and the efficient allocation of goods, services, and resources in a free society. Particular emphasis will be placed on North Carolina’s laws meant to regulate prices and the negative effect that these regulations have on both markets and the well-being of the citizens of the state.
  • Press Release

    Price controls hurt N.C. consumers, workers

    posted December 12, 2006
    RALEIGH – North Carolina hurts its consumers and taxpayers when it tries to control prices, according to the John Locke Foundation’s new Macon Series report. That includes so-called “price…

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