• John Locke Update

    States and Families are Saving for the Future

    posted August 30, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    While the federal government’s deficit and debt grow, it seems families and state governments have become better savers during the current recovery. North Carolina’s budget picture is improving, with revenues…
  • John Locke Update

    States, Taxes, and Economic Growth

    posted August 15, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Would North Carolina be a better place without an income tax? A recent Bankrate.com article compared the nine states that forgo broad-based personal income taxes with the rest of…
  • 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

    Cooper Budget: Higher Taxes Now and Later

    posted May 24, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19 [1] would spend $1.5 billion more than the current year, raise taxes, divert millions in other funds, increase dependence…
  • John Locke Update

    Despite Surplus, Spending Restraint is Still Required

    posted May 10, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    On most days and most roads, most drivers treat posted speed limits as the recommended speed. A person driving at the speed limit can be the slowest vehicle moving on…
  • Research Report

    North Carolina Budget in Pictures FY2017-18

    posted April 12, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    The state budget is one of the most important bills the North Carolina General Assembly considers each year. For the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2018, the…

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