• John Locke Update

    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

    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…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: N.C. House Unveils its Spending Plan

    posted May 2, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    The North Carolina budget remains a work in progress even as the State House votes this week to approve its version and send it to their colleagues in the State…
  • John Locke Update

    N.C. Budget Processes Inspire Federal Reform Recommendations

    posted April 29, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Policymakers around the country look to North Carolina’s fiscal example to guide their quests for lower taxes. Restrained spending has made it possible for state government to tax less and…
  • John Locke Update

    N.C. Budget 2019: Republicans Draw Line in the Sand

    posted March 21, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    With each step of the budget process, the lines become clearer in the battle over the future of North Carolina for state employees, taxpayers, and citizens. Will state policymakers have…
  • John Locke Update

    Build NC Bonds: Let Voters Decide

    posted June 7, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Let’s just be really clear about the Build NC Bonds proposal to borrow $3 billion for roads making its way, in different forms, through the North Carolina House and Senate:…
  • John Locke Update

    A Government That North Carolina Can Afford

    posted February 15, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Each February, the State Treasurer’s Debt Affordability Advisory Committee preempts the hopefulness of Groundhog Day with the publication of the annual Debt Affordability Study, the committee’s reminder that state…
  • Research Report

    Height of Irresponsibility: Governor’s 2001 Budget Hikes Debt, Possibly Taxes

    posted May 16, 2001 by John Hood
    For all the talk of a fiscal crisis this year and the need to tighten the belt of state government, Gov. Jim Hunt's proposed adjustments to the FY 2000-01 budget would hike General Fund operating spending by nearly 7 percent, vastly increase state debt, and deplete state savings accounts for many years to come. The budget also contains many new items of questionable merit. North Carolinians should not be surprised to see sizable tax increases in the future as a result.

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