• 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

    How to Reduce Taxes on Savings

    posted August 17, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Americans spent 2.6 percent more on goods and services after adjusting for inflation in the three months through June than in the same period a year ago, but…
  • John Locke Update

    State Budget Projections Demand Healthy Skepticism

    posted July 27, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    It’s a tale of two state budget pictures. A new report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University compares North Carolina’s fiscal solvency to those of other states. Meanwhile,…
  • John Locke Update

    Best Practices for Better Budgets

    posted July 20, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Since nonpartisan staff at the General Assembly presented a five-year projection of spending and taxes, editorials and comments from state legislators make it clear that long-term estimates of spending and…
  • Research Report

    Spotlight 477: Capital Gains

    posted June 22, 2016 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    How North Carolina double taxes capital gains and what to do about it
  • Research Report

    The Mechanics of Medicaid: How Medicaid’s flawed financial design drives program costs

    posted July 29, 2014 by Katherine Restrepo
    Medicaid’s fundamental flaws stem from the way in which it is funded, as both state and federal government share the total bill. If Medicaid’s federal share was transferred to North Carolina as an annual block grant, it would allow lawmakers to exercise more control over the program and create a stronger incentive to sort out system waste and abuse.
  • Research Report

    The Can-Do Budget: The impossible takes a little longer

    posted June 11, 2009 by Joseph Coletti
    The original House budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2009-10 used $1.5 billion in Federal bailout funds to craft a budget that spent $19.3 billion. Although it is nearly $3 billion less than the original $22 billion request, the original House plan would have been just $1 billion less than actual appropriations in FY2008-09.
  • Research Report

    Back to Basics Budget: Responsible savings and reforms

    posted March 15, 2009 by Joseph Coletti
    The budget proposal outlined here reduces appropriations in fiscal year (FY) 2009-10 to $18.8 billion, $2.6 billion less than the final budget for FY 2008-09, and similar to the budget for FY 2006-07. In this proposal, per-capita spending adjusted for inflation of $1,969 remains higher than in FY 1997-98 or any year before.
  • Press Release

    JLF alternative state budget would focus on basics

    posted March 15, 2009
    RALEIGH — The John Locke Foundation’s “Back to Basics” state budget proposal would shave 10 percent of total spending from North Carolina’s budget plan. It also would set state…

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