• John Locke Update

    Three Cheers for Charter Management Companies

    posted May 23, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The education establishment and their left-wing political allies frequently condemn companies that are contracted to operate public charter schools.  As part of his Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education,…
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    Budget 2019: Save It, Don’t Spend It

    posted May 22, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Tax reform left a number of people receiving smaller refunds (or writing larger checks) this April because many taxpayers inadvertently had too little withheld from their paychecks. On the other…
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    The Costs of Medicaid Expansion

    posted May 21, 2019 by Jordan Roberts
    Elected officials in North Carolina have debated Medicaid expansion for years. The question at hand is whether to accept a generous matching rate from the federal government to add roughly…
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    Lawmakers Mull a Tax Change on Hard Cider

    posted May 20, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    Alcohol entrepreneurship in North Carolina isn’t limited to craft beer, wine, and liquor. Seventh in the nation in apple production, North Carolina is also seeing a growth in producers…
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    The Shortsightedness of the Long Arm of the Law

    posted May 16, 2019 by Mike Schietzelt
    Criminal convictions are expensive. Court fees, fines, and other costs add up quickly and leave a defendant with crushing debt. And the collateral consequences of a criminal record can be…
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    The Triumphs and Challenges of N.C. Charter Schools

    posted May 15, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In 2011, Thom Tillis, Phil Berger, and the Republican leadership in the N.C. General Assembly removed the 100-school school cap included in the 1996 law that authorized the creation of…
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    Should Lawmakers Grant Local Option Sales Tax Flexibility?

    posted May 14, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    In 2011, Buncombe County commissioners and the president of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College promised voters that, if passed, a quarter-cent tax increase on the ballot that year would pay…
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    Budget 2019: Spotlight on the House Budget

    posted May 13, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    A $700 million accounting change made the North Carolina House’s $23.9 General Fund budget difficult to compare with past budgets and with Gov. Roy Cooper’s spending proposal. The budget bill…

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