• 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,…
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    Budget 2019: Borrowing to Balance the Budget

    posted July 30, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    In addition to questions of money and Medicaid, the budget stalemate raises a philosophical question: When is a balanced budget not a balanced budget? North Carolina’s state constitution and…
  • John Locke Update

    Is Medicaid Properly Helping Those in the Shadows?

    posted July 23, 2019 by Jordan Roberts
    Hubert Humphrey once said, “The ultimate moral test of any government is the way it treats three groups of its citizens. First, those in the dawn of life — our…
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    Budget 2019: A Consensus-Based Approach

    posted June 12, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Now that the House has officially rejected the Senate’s budget bill, the two chambers soon will begin conference negotiations to set a final budget that likely will be subject to a…
  • John Locke Update

    Senate Budget Highlights: Health Care

    posted June 5, 2019 by Jordan Roberts
    It is budget season in Raleigh! The North Carolina House of Representatives recently released their budget, and the Senate released their version of the budget last week. Now,…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: Save It, Don’t Spend It

    posted May 22, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Tax reform left a number of people receiving smaller refunds (or writing larger checks) this April because many taxpayers inadvertently had too little withheld from their paychecks. On the other…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: Spotlight on the House Budget

    posted May 13, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    A $700 million accounting change made the North Carolina House’s $23.9 General Fund budget difficult to compare with past budgets and with Gov. Roy Cooper’s spending proposal. The budget bill…

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