• John Locke Update

    New rules won’t fix the redistricting process

    posted February 27, 2020 by Mike Schietzelt
    “Redistricting is a lot like completing a homework assignment, turning it in, and only then being told what the assignment was.” Brent Woodcox, special counsel at the General Assembly, drew…
  • John Locke Update

    Six counties seek higher sales taxes

    posted February 26, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    After we posted a summary last week on sales tax referenda in four counties (Chatham, Forsyth, Madison, and Wayne), a citizen in Alamance County alerted us that a sales…
  • John Locke Update

    Four counties seek higher sales taxes

    posted February 20, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Another election, another opportunity for counties to ask voters to raise the sales tax. Only two of 25 tax votes have passed when held in conjunction with presidential primaries, with…
  • John Locke Update

    Shortcomings of the WestEd report: Student achievement

    posted February 19, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This review of “Sound Basic Education for All: An Action Plan for North Carolina” by California-based consultant WestEd will focus on student performance.  “Sound Basic Education for All” offers…
  • John Locke Update

    A private market medical debt solution

    posted February 17, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    Surprise bills are a hot topic in state legislatures and Congress. Most readers either have received a surprise bill or know someone who has received a surprise bill from a…
  • John Locke Update

    Shortcomings of the WestEd report: Resources

    posted February 12, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In 2017, the plaintiffs and defendants in Leandro v. State of North Carolina agreed to allow an independent consultant to advise Judge David Lee on how to proceed in the…
  • John Locke Update

    The two fronts of health care reform

    posted February 11, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    As a health policy analyst, I often get asked, “When and how are we going to fix the health care system?” The answer to that question is complicated for two…

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