• John Locke Update

    Paying for Innovation, Experimentation, and Success

    posted May 25, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    A few years ago, the chief of staff for the governor of another state excitedly told his brother about the state’s new approach to contracting that made national news. “Our…
  • John Locke Update

    N.C. Senate Budget: Tax Cuts and Spending Restraint

    posted May 17, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    The Senate budget spends $22.9 billion, up 2.5 percent over the 2016-17 budget and 3.75 percent over actual spending.  Like Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget, it raises pay for teachers and…
  • John Locke Update

    The Hidden Taxes in North Carolina’s Sales Tax

    posted May 17, 2017 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    Since North Carolina implemented sweeping tax reform in 2013, there has been interest in expanding North Carolina’s sales tax to include services. The idea is to transform the sales…
  • John Locke Update

    Same Budget Priorities, Less Spending

    posted May 11, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    A criticism of Republicans at the national level has often been that they want the same thing as Democrats, just less of it. Who expected Senate President Pro Tem Phil…
  • John Locke Update

    Elected Officials Should Make Tax Decisions

    posted May 3, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    In 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly approved a local option sales tax for counties.  Essentially, it allowed counties to impose an additional quarter-cent sales tax if it was approved…
  • John Locke Update

    What is the April Surprise?

    posted May 3, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    State senators are still working on their budget bill this week, and it may take until the week of May 15 for them to make it public and vote on…
  • John Locke Update

    Are We Asking the Right Questions?

    posted April 27, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    You may have heard that the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42, but nobody knows the question. In state government, people either have questions or they…
  • John Locke Update

    Details of the N.C. Senate Tax Plan

    posted April 11, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    The N.C. Senate’s “Billion-Dollar Tax Plan” could be  even larger  once final figures for 2016 income taxes are known in the next couple weeks. (By the way, don’t forget to file…
  • John Locke Update

    Better Budget Institutions, Lower Taxes

    posted April 6, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    How many times in life have you known the right thing to do and ended up doing the wrong thing? You ate the chocolate cake—the whole thing—instead of going to…

John Locke Updates by Author