• John Locke Update

    Minimum Wage And The Right To Work

    posted July 11, 2016 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Do you believe that a minority teenager, maybe a high school drop out, with very few job skills, has a right to work? Or do you believe that being low…
  • Research Report

    Agenda 2014: A Candidate’s Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

    posted June 1, 2014 by Research Staff
    Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.
  • 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…
  • 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

    Raising Minimum Wage a ‘Cruel Hoax’

    posted March 21, 2006
    RALEIGH – State Treasurer Richard Moore wants to raise the state’s minimum wage to help those on the lowest rung of the economic ladder. Studies show those are the very…
  • Research Report

    The Minimum Wage Effect: ‘One Dollar More’ Means More Unemployed

    posted March 21, 2006 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    State Treasurer Richard Moore wants to raise the minimum wage in North Carolina to $6.15, “one dollar more” than the federal minimum wage. Moore says the minimum wage hike would help those at the lowest rung of the economic ladder. That’s counter to even basic economics. Studies show that raising the minimum wage makes it even harder for the lowest skilled workers to find employment — but those are the very people it’s supposed to help. Ironically, minimum-wage hikes benefit middle- and upper-income families the most.
  • Press Release

    Wage Bill Would Hurt Low-Income Workers

    posted May 31, 2005
    RALEIGH — A bill in the North Carolina House would raise the state-imposed minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, but a new analysis from the John Locke Foundation suggests…

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