• 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…
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    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…
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    North Carolina Senate Budget Forces Certificate Of Need Debate

    posted May 11, 2017 by Katherine Restrepo
    The North Carolina Senate has just released its $22.9 billion budget plan for fiscal years 2017-2019. The Senate proposed spending $5.2 billion of that total on all Health and Human Services…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    Should North Carolina Craft Brewers “Go To Law?”

    posted April 26, 2017 by Jon Guze
    It would be hard to find a more blatant example of cronyism than the North Carolina law that forbids brewers who produce more than 25,000 barrels per year from selling…

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