• John Locke Update

    Tame spending now or be forced to cut it later

    posted November 9, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    As Milton Friedman often remarked, the bill always comes due. Today’s spending must be paid by taxes, regardless whether those taxes were collected in the past, are collected this year, or will be collected in the future.
  • John Locke Update

    State budget review and preview

    posted August 26, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Lacking any guidance from Congress on the Coronavirus Relief Fund question, budget decisions will continue to be made in a fog of uncertainty. It underscores the need for even more spending restraint than the General Assembly has demonstrated since 2011.
  • John Locke Update

    State Budget Woes: First Kansas, Now Alaska

    posted August 22, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Kansas has been criticized since 2012 for cutting taxes irresponsibly, despite a court-ordered increase in education spending. Tax cuts in the Sunflower State may have been larger than circumstances warranted,…
  • John Locke Update

    2019 Budget Preview: Keeping Momentum on Tax Reform

    posted February 19, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    While caution remains the budgetary watchword this session, legislative leaders will look for ways to sustain the momentum for tax reform. On Wall Street, companies can see their share prices…
  • John Locke Update

    States and Families are Saving for the Future

    posted August 30, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    While the federal government’s deficit and debt grow, it seems families and state governments have become better savers during the current recovery. North Carolina’s budget picture is improving, with revenues…
  • John Locke Update

    Saving Now for a Better State Budget Tomorrow

    posted September 20, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    You may have missed the news that North Carolina government had higher revenue and lower spending than budgeted for the third year in a row. When government takes in…
  • Research Report

    Renewable Energy: Lobby’s report more fog than light

    posted June 3, 2015 by Jon Sanders
    A report circulated among lawmakers by the NC Sustainable Energy Association argues that renewables are not the source of rising electricity bills in the state. However, the report's problems are myriad. State leaders should cut through the noise of tailored industry reports and seek a thorough, comprehensive study of North Carolina energy policy, bearing in mind that ratepayers' chief interest is least-cost, reliable power at the flip of the switch.
  • Research Report

    An Alternative Budget: Response to the governor’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium

    posted May 17, 2015 by Research Staff
    The John Locke Foundation is continuing its tradition, started in 1995, of offering an alternative to the governor’s budget recommendation. Consistent with prior years, this JLF budget focuses on core government. This budget spends less in both years of the biennium than the governor’s, and only increases spending by 2 percent from the last fiscal year.

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