• John Locke Update

    Paper or Plastic? Consumers Should Be Able to Choose

    posted June 8, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    Senate Bill 434 has a pretty inspiring title: “An Act to Amend Certain Environmental and Natural Resources Laws.”  But the significance of the legislation is far greater than the…
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    Setting Tax Priorities

    posted June 8, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    With both chambers of the General Assembly agreeing to spend $22.9 billion in the fiscal year beginning July 1, the biggest differences between their budget proposals are what to do…
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    State Lawmakers Should Keep the Cap on Light Rail Spending

    posted June 1, 2017 by Julie Tisdale
    The North Carolina House of Representatives has released its budget and, as I expected, there are few policy changes that affect local government operations.  But there is, on page 300,…
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    The House Education Budget is Pretty Good

    posted June 1, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This week, House Republicans released their full biennial budget proposal.  Budget writers included parts of the budget that were not unveiled last week, such as teacher and state employee…
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    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…
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    Federal Election Law in North Carolina: Clear as Mud

    posted May 25, 2017 by Jon Guze
    On Monday, the State of North Carolina suffered yet another loss in a voting rights case. In Cooper v. Harris, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal district court’s…
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    CON Reform: Keeping an Eye on the Prize

    posted May 25, 2017 by Katherine Restrepo
    North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) law limits lower-cost health care options for patients electing cataract surgery. This is because the law not only caps the number of stand-alone ambulatory…
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    Per-Student Expenditure Figures are Not Always Meaningful

    posted May 23, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Earlier this month, the National Education Association (NEA) released their annual “Rankings and Estimates” report.  In addition to North Carolina’s surge in average teacher pay, NEA researchers estimated…
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    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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