• John Locke Update

    Cooper’s bad budget bets

    posted June 3, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Gov. Roy Cooper is either the worst gambler around, or his first term has been a classic example of a hustle. He placed big, losing bets on his vetoes of…
  • John Locke Update

    Confusion on NC FAST workers and Medicaid spending

    posted March 5, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a history of breaking budgets with lax controls over Medicaid spending. It took nearly three years under Gov. Pat McCrory…
  • John Locke Update

    Spending, Tax Reform, and the North Carolina Economy

    posted November 25, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    As the 2020 election season gathers momentum, North Carolina’s tax reforms and demands for higher spending on any number of government programs will be front and center. One example is a…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: Extra Innings

    posted November 13, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    The state budget battle has entered extra innings. Gov. Cooper signed and vetoed another batch of mini budgets, the ninth round of budget-related legislation since his first budget veto on…
  • John Locke Update

    Side-Hustle Government: Here, There, and Everywhere

    posted March 14, 2018 by Jon Guze
    As Carolina Journal readers know, North Carolina Republicans have raised objections to Gov. Cooper’s Atlantic Cost Pipeline fund. One of their objections is that Cooper effectively forced the pipeline…
  • John Locke Update

    Appropriating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    posted January 31, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    If the governor directs where money goes and for what purpose, is it government spending? That is just one of a number of questions that arose after Gov. Roy Cooper…

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