• 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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    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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    What is the April Surprise?

    posted May 3, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    State senators are still working on their budget bill this week, and it may take until the week of May 15 for them to make it public and vote on…
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    Details of the N.C. Senate Tax Plan

    posted April 11, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    The N.C. Senate’s “Billion-Dollar Tax Plan” could be  even larger  once final figures for 2016 income taxes are known in the next couple weeks. (By the way, don’t forget to file…
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    Better Budget Institutions, Lower Taxes

    posted April 6, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    How many times in life have you known the right thing to do and ended up doing the wrong thing? You ate the chocolate cake—the whole thing—instead of going to…
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    Parks and Recreation

    posted November 8, 2015 by Sarah Curry
    View in your browser. Traditionally, city and county Parks and Recreation (P&R) departments provided the public with parks and user-fee-supported sports leagues — soccer, softball,…
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    Local Government Referenda

    posted November 2, 2015 by Sarah Curry
    View in your browser. Today is Election Day for many local governments across North Carolina.  While it is a big day, many of the races will…
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    Another check is needed for NC’s fiscal health

    posted October 25, 2015 by Sarah Curry
    View in your browser. As the state continues to increase spending, many citizens have begun to suspect that the effectiveness of that spending is diminishing.

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