• John Locke Update

    North Carolina’s COVID-19 Response: State Budget

    posted March 16, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Our budget stalemate may have an unexpected and unintended benefit. Because the General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper could not agree on a new budget, state government has been operating…
  • John Locke Update

    Estimating the impact of coronavirus on state spending and taxes

    posted March 12, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Families, employers, universities, health care providers, insurance companies, health care companies across North Carolina and the rest of the country, and governments at all levels are responding to coronavirus disease…
  • John Locke Update

    Saving for the retirement of teachers and state employees

    posted February 10, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    At a certain age, everyone begins to wonder, “Have I saved enough for retirement?” For most people, the answer is that they have not and will not. Governments have not…
  • John Locke Update

    Teacher Pay in North Carolina: Sweet Spots and Sour Notes

    posted April 9, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In March, the National Education Association released teacher salary data from its upcoming “Rankings of the States 2018 and Estimates of School Statistics 2019” report. Republican lawmakers welcomed the news…
  • John Locke Update

    N.C.’s 2019 Budget: Previewing Debt and Capital

    posted February 11, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Everybody wants a piece of North Carolina’s statutory debt limit. For the third consecutive year, the Debt Affordability Study recommends increasing the debt limit to 4.5 percent of General Fund…
  • John Locke Update

    A Sustainable Path for Pension and Retiree Health Benefits

    posted July 26, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    One reason teachers and state employees may not have seen the raises they wanted in recent years is that the government’s cost for pensions and retiree health benefits has climbed…
  • John Locke Update

    Teacher Pay Rankings, Facts, and Figures

    posted April 26, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    On Monday, the National Education Association (NEA) released their annual Rankings and Estimates report.  According to the report, North Carolina’s average teacher salary for 2018, estimated by NEA researchers…
  • 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…

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