• John Locke Update

    State Budget 2018: K-12 Education

    posted May 31, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Unphased by the recent teacher walkout, Republican lawmakers continue to invest in their policy priorities, including a fifth consecutive raise for teachers, raises for principals, expanded performance pay programs, new…
  • Press Release

    Pay Productive State Workers More

    posted May 29, 2006
    RALEIGH – North Carolina rewards its state employees for longevity, not productivity, a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report finds. That’s not a payment system that attracts or keeps…
  • Research Report

    Compensation Model Cannot Keep Good State Employees

    posted May 29, 2006 by Joseph Coletti
    State government needs pay its employees differently if it wants to keep the best of them. The average state employee earns as much as the average employee nationally, but across-the-board pay raises fail to reward employees for performance. Employees who choose to work for the state are more risk averse and may stay despite a lack of productivity. But these employees merely substitute unseen political risk for visible market risk. The General Assembly should consider more pay for performance and portable benefits for state employees.

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