• John Locke Update

    Twelve Counties Ask Voters to Approve Higher Taxes

    posted March 22, 2018 by Julie Tisdale
    At last count, 12 North Carolina counties will include an increase in the local sales tax on their May ballots.  In all 12 of those counties, it’s a bad idea. …
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    How to Make North Carolina’s Capital Gains Tax Fairer

    posted March 22, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    On many different occasions, I have argued that, from an economics perspective, North Carolina should abolish its tax on capital gains. But leaving economic analysis aside, assuming that…
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    Side-Hustle Government: Here, There, and Everywhere

    posted March 14, 2018 by Jon Guze
    As Carolina Journal readers know, North Carolina Republicans have raised objections to Gov. Cooper’s Atlantic Cost Pipeline fund. One of their objections is that Cooper effectively forced the pipeline…
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    The Divide Between City Slickers and Country Boys

    posted March 14, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Liberals like small homes that are close to shopping and attractions, while conservatives prefer to have larger properties and drive longer distances to the store. This is one of the…
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    Improving Patient Care by Empowering Nurse Practitioners

    posted March 14, 2018 by Katherine Restrepo
    In North Carolina, nurse practitioners (NP) can’t treat patients unless they establish a collaborative practice agreement with a supervising doctor – a written contract that outlines patient management, prescribing authorities,…
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    The Five Losers and One Winner From Protectionism

    posted March 14, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Typically, “saving American jobs” is the reason given for implementing protectionist trade measures, i.e., tariffs and quotas. The argument goes something like this: foreign producers of a product are offering…
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    The Perils of Increasing Local Sales Taxes

    posted March 14, 2018 by Julie Tisdale
    In 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation allowing counties to impose an additional quarter-cent sales tax to raise revenue within their jurisdictions.  These taxes must be approved by…

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