• John Locke Update

    Medicaid Enrollment Numbers Call for Caution in State Spending

    posted September 24, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    Medicaid enrollment is up across the country, including North Carolina, which means costs are up, too. States don't have the flexibility to borrow and print money as the federal government does, so planning for the future is especially important when facing economic uncertainty.
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    Cautiously Optimistic FY 2021 Budget Update

    posted September 17, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Just before Labor Day, Gov. Roy Cooper signed the final bill appropriating money from North Carolina’s $3.6 billion share of the Coronavirus Trust Fund. He was clearly under duress. A veto of the bill that passed with large bipartisan majorities would surely have been overridden.
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    Leandro defendants begin implementing a misguided action plan for schools

    posted September 8, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The remedial plan requires more than just the cooperation of the General Assembly. Instead, it requires the defendants to coordinate with multiple entities that never have been involved in the Leandro case or have only a tangential connection to it.
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    Not-quite-the-budget session begins today

    posted September 2, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Yesterday, NC legislators described their plan to use more than $1 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Today, they will provide legislation and vote on it. But some differences between the governor's plan and the legislature's plan are already apparent.
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    State budget review and preview

    posted August 26, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Lacking any guidance from Congress on the Coronavirus Relief Fund question, budget decisions will continue to be made in a fog of uncertainty. It underscores the need for even more spending restraint than the General Assembly has demonstrated since 2011.
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    Cooper’s state budget gambit is reckless

    posted June 15, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Gov. Cooper’s risky bet to keep spending like it’s 2019, despite a $1.6 billion loss of revenue between March and the end of June, is reckless and irresponsible with…
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    Cooper’s bad budget bets

    posted June 3, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Gov. Roy Cooper is either the worst gambler around, or his first term has been a classic example of a hustle. He placed big, losing bets on his vetoes of…
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    Economic analysis is essential to sound public health policy

    posted April 30, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    As we struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has responded by imposing economically severe restrictions on our lives. In doing so, elected officials must remember that imposing costly public…

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