• John Locke Update

    State revenue picture continues to improve

    posted November 23, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina state government continued to have strong finances seven months after the economy first began to slow in March. Budget writers should nevertheless be cautious about adding spending commitments, however.
  • John Locke Update

    Time to amend the Emergency Management Act, continued

    posted November 19, 2020 by Jon Guze
    Cooper will continue to occupy the Governor’s mansion, and he’s made it very clear he intends to go on issuing lockdown orders without COS concurrence. Which raises a question for those of us who still object to those orders: what can we do about them now?
  • John Locke Update

    Businesses are closing forever as Cooper plays favorites

    posted November 17, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Back in September, a survey of Raleigh businesses conducted by Shop Local Raleigh found that 60 percent of small businesses in Raleigh were threatened with closure. That same month…
  • John Locke Update

    Looking on the bright side: a 2020 election dialogue

    posted November 12, 2020 by Jon Guze
    My level of anxiety increased steadily throughout the summer as each morning brought news of more violent protests in cities across the country and as the Democrats pursued their relentless attack on state election laws. As I looked at the election returns on the morning of November 4, however, I suddenly felt much better. Here’s how I explained it to a friend.
  • John Locke Update

    Schools are not a big driver of COVID-19 cases

    posted November 11, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Schools are finally beginning to reopen. The urgency of resuming in-person instruction cannot be overstated. Not only has it taken a toll on students’ mental health, learning losses exacerbated by remote learning are devastating and will be most severe among our most vulnerable student populations.
  • John Locke Update

    Are Gov. Cooper’s Executive Orders having devastating health effects?

    posted November 10, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Lives are at stake. Are Gov. Cooper's lockdowns, business shutdowns and partial shutdowns, social-distancing policies, gathering bans, and myriad other restrictions on people, places, and events having devastating health effects on North Carolinians?
  • John Locke Update

    Tame spending now or be forced to cut it later

    posted November 9, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    As Milton Friedman often remarked, the bill always comes due. Today’s spending must be paid by taxes, regardless whether those taxes were collected in the past, are collected this year, or will be collected in the future.
  • John Locke Update

    Why We Need the NC Threat-Free Index

    posted November 5, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    For many weeks I have been producing contextualized looks at North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers. Recently, I’ve started calling it the “NC Threat-Free Index.” Here’s why. Round-the-clock virus coverage in…

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