• John Locke Update

    Cooper’s reckless budget, Part 2: A closer look at appropriations

    posted April 13, 2021 by Joseph Coletti
    The largest increase in Cooper's proposed state appropriations would be for employee salaries and benefits. Cooper's proposal does not provide price tags for Leandro or Medicaid expansion. Cooper would also eliminate successful and popular Opportunity Scholarships.
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    Legislators should not bail out irresponsible NC DOT again

    posted January 14, 2021 by Brian Balfour
    Citing "mediocre" transportation infrastructure, a report from a state government commission wants North Carolina to increase transportation spending by 40 percent over the next decade. To critics, it sounds like another taxpayer bailout of a poorly run state agency.
  • John Locke Update

    Election 2020: Local bond and tax ballot questions

    posted October 21, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    The middle of an economic and public health crisis, when people are worried if they will still have work in December and the federal budget deficit is in excess of…
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    The NCDOT budget is full of cracks, potholes, and detours

    posted June 29, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has long had the worst budget in state government. The agency receives appropriations in a year, counts each dollar based on general purposes,…
  • John Locke Update

    Did public transportation cause the COVID-19 outbreak?

    posted May 28, 2020 by Dominic Coletti
    As Americans begin to look at the prospect of reopening businesses and restarting their economies, policymakers need to consider factors that exacerbate the spread of COVID-19. Data scientists, epidemiologists, and…
  • John Locke Update

    The End of the Road for the Map Act

    posted June 26, 2019 by Jon Guze
    At long last, the North Carolina General Assembly has finally repealed a controversial piece of legislation known as the Map Act. As I explained in a previous Legal…

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