• John Locke Update

    Governments Are People and People Are Complicated

    posted March 8, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Government is more than just a concept.  Government is people. For better and for worse, imperfect human beings fill government roles and make government decisions. That is why Federalist…
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    Expensing Should be a Permanent Part of the N.C. Tax Code

    posted March 8, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    A couple of weeks ago, I argued that North Carolina’s legislature should “one-up” Congress and the Trump administration when it comes to tax reform by abolishing the state’s capital…
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    A Government That North Carolina Can Afford

    posted February 15, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Each February, the State Treasurer’s Debt Affordability Advisory Committee preempts the hopefulness of Groundhog Day with the publication of the annual Debt Affordability Study, the committee’s reminder that state…
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    “Too Much Growth” Doesn’t Cause Inflation

    posted February 15, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    If the supply of oil goes up, the price of oil and gasoline falls. If the supply of oranges goes up, the price of oranges and orange juice goes down.
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    Strengthening Human Services With and Without Government

    posted February 8, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Government has crippled community-based human services providers. A devastating new report by a coalition of community human services providers and government health and human services agencies details the ways government…
  • John Locke Update

    Appropriating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    posted January 31, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    If the governor directs where money goes and for what purpose, is it government spending? That is just one of a number of questions that arose after Gov. Roy Cooper…
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    A Fork in the Road for Transportation Funding

    posted January 25, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Governments cannot realistically take enough money from citizens to pay for all the repairs and construction people say we need. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimated an unmet need…
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    Keynesianism: The Real Trickle-Down Economics

    posted January 10, 2018 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    In the media and among pundits, the term “trickle-down economics” is used a lot. The expression was reportedly first used in the 1930s by Will Rogers and was later adopted…
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    Prepare for the Next State Budget by Focusing on Spending

    posted January 10, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    Hundreds of years separate Jean Jacques Rousseau and Dave Ramsey, but they share a common approach to finances. In the Social Contract, Rousseau writes that the “most important maxim…

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