• John Locke Update

    Economic analysis is essential to sound public health policy

    posted April 30, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    As we struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has responded by imposing economically severe restrictions on our lives. In doing so, elected officials must remember that imposing costly public…
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    JLF Research Division: COVID-19 review for March

    posted March 31, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Three weeks ago today, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency due to the spread of COVID-19.  One day later, John Locke Foundation researchers paused all other projects and got…
  • John Locke Update

    North Carolina’s COVID-19 Response: State Budget

    posted March 16, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Our budget stalemate may have an unexpected and unintended benefit. Because the General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper could not agree on a new budget, state government has been operating…
  • John Locke Update

    Estimating the impact of coronavirus on state spending and taxes

    posted March 12, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Families, employers, universities, health care providers, insurance companies, health care companies across North Carolina and the rest of the country, and governments at all levels are responding to coronavirus disease…
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    Confusion on NC FAST workers and Medicaid spending

    posted March 5, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a history of breaking budgets with lax controls over Medicaid spending. It took nearly three years under Gov. Pat McCrory…
  • John Locke Update

    Six counties seek higher sales taxes

    posted February 26, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    After we posted a summary last week on sales tax referenda in four counties (Chatham, Forsyth, Madison, and Wayne), a citizen in Alamance County alerted us that a sales…
  • John Locke Update

    Four counties seek higher sales taxes

    posted February 20, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Another election, another opportunity for counties to ask voters to raise the sales tax. Only two of 25 tax votes have passed when held in conjunction with presidential primaries, with…

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