• John Locke Update

    Trust, Government, and the Primacy of Traditional Institutions

    posted May 30, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    As the North Carolina Constitution states, “A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty.” It is important though not to let the smell…
  • John Locke Update

    Lifting the Veil Between Poverty and Mobility

    posted April 26, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    “Human advancement is not a mere question of almsgiving, but rather of sympathy and cooperation among classes who would scorn charity,” writes W.E.B. DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk.
  • John Locke Update

    Poverty Alleviation: Reforming Welfare and Restoring Dignity

    posted October 25, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    The term “welfare reform” still conjures up images of Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton in 1996, big Southern politicians with big personalities, big ideas, and big hair. Together, they managed…
  • John Locke Update

    Earning Trust on Poverty

    posted September 6, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Have you ever wondered why people are not convinced by your arguments to get government out of the business of trying to fix a problem because its interventions only cause…
  • John Locke Update

    Helping the Poor With (and Without) Public Policy

    posted August 16, 2017 by Jon Sanders
    John Hood wrote this week about the instructive philosophy of Cicero. Wait, don’t go yet. Cicero wasn’t just the “Roman orator and statesman … contemporary (and enemy) of Julius…
  • 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.
  • 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

    More than “Bare Bones”: Justice Center exaggerates economic woes of families

    posted June 9, 2003 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    The North Carolina Justice and Community Development Center released a report in May that purported to demonstrate that 60 percent of North Carolina families with children were not receiving enough income to meet a “living-income” standard. This startling statistic was the result of gross exaggerations of cost and undercounts of income, including no accounting for child support payments. Moreover, the Center’s proposed solutions would increase poverty.

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