• Research Report

    It’s Spending, Not Taxes Lawmakers, Media Misstating Cause of Budget Gap

    posted January 13, 2001 by Jon Sanders, John Hood
    North Carolina's 1999-2001 budget cycle presents state lawmakers and the Hunt administration with a fiscal challenge — planned spending increases exceed predicted revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars. Some lawmakers and the news media have blamed four years of tax cuts and recent court decisions. This is misleading. By far the biggest cause of the problem was excessive spending growth during much of the 1990s. If state leaders had exercised even modest spending restraint, there would be no fiscal challenge awaiting the state this year.
  • Press Release

    10th Anniversary Set for Feb. 19

    posted January 12, 2000
    RALEIGH — Former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr will make the keynote address as the John Locke Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary with a day-long conference and award ceremony on February…
  • Press Release

    Report: UNC Faculty Pay Already Competitive

    posted November 22, 1999
    RALEIGH — As students and faculty debate whether UNC-Chapel Hill should raise its tuition, a new study concludes that the problems to which the extra tuition money would be applied…
  • Press Release

    Smart Growth Isn’t Smart

    posted August 30, 1999
    RALEIGH — Policies associated with the “Smart Growth” movement would be disastrous for North Carolina communities, according to a new report released today by the John Locke Foundation. Smart Growth…
  • Press Release

    Building public schools without tax increases

    posted June 16, 1999
    RALEIGH — North Carolina school districts and local officials should pursue new ways to build, renovate, and operate public schools to avoid tax increases, say the authors of a new…

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