• John Locke Update

    Putting a Limit on Government Spending

    posted June 15, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Large majorities of North Carolina voters support enshrining additional rights and responsibilities in the state constitution in the latest polling by the Civitas Institute. Three-quarters of respondents said people should…
  • John Locke Update

    Prepare for the Next State Budget by Focusing on Spending

    posted January 10, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Hundreds of years separate Jean Jacques Rousseau and Dave Ramsey, but they share a common approach to finances. In the Social Contract, Rousseau writes that the “most important maxim…
  • John Locke Update

    Tax Reform in Kansas and North Carolina (Again)

    posted November 1, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Federal tax reform has turned attention again to reforms in Kansas and North Carolina over the past five years. North Carolina’s success is well-documented by the John Locke Foundation,…
  • John Locke Update

    Federal Tax Reform Wisely Follows the North Carolina Model

    posted October 10, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Even as major questions and specific details still have to be worked out, the Republican tax plan may sound familiar. It moves toward simplification, just as North Carolina’s successful…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • John Locke Update

    Budgeting for the Long-Term

    posted June 22, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    It is easy to become complacent, to think that things now are as they always have been and always will be. But as Heraclitus and Disney’s Pocahontas both remind us,…
  • Research Report

    Consensus-Based Budgeting

    posted June 13, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    How consensus-based budgeting works Most people are familiar with the concept of logrolling: accepting someone else’s proposal to get their acceptance of yours. In government, it often means more programs…

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