• John Locke Update

    Civitas Poll: North Carolinians love school choice and hate pandemic schooling

    posted January 28, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    People overwhelmingly favor parents being in charge of their children's education, and Opportunity Scholarships had strong, bipartisan support. These findings should spur legislators to help parents by giving them more control over their children's education.
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    Now is not the time for new programs or debt

    posted January 27, 2021 by Joseph Coletti
    An uncertain economic time is not good for borrowing. If the state takes out debt and the post-COVID economy turns out to be smaller, then debt capacity will shrink and the debt will end up taking more from other priorities. If the economy recovers quickly, then the state would have more money available for capital anyway.
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    Time to amend the Emergency Management Act, Part Three

    posted January 26, 2021 by Jon Guze
    The first three counts are concerned with the discriminatory way Cooper has applied the Emergency Management Act. The last two counts, on the other hand, point to problems with the EMA itself — problems that can only be solved by amending the act.
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    Celebrating School Choice? Thank Milton Friedman, too

    posted January 25, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    Friedman’s ideas have helped to fuel an education revolution in North Carolina and across the country. Choice empowers parents to make educational decisions, challenges monopolies, and calls out bureaucracies. Choice expands personal freedom but also highlights that accountability comes in different forms. In so doing, choice has helped to shift the public discussion of education from a focus on how much money is spent to how well money is spent.
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    Battery storage is not what you think

    posted January 22, 2021 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    You might think that battery storage would provide power for the time when the sun doesn’t shine. You might think battery storage would eliminate the need for combustion turbines. You might think battery storage would lead to zero emissions of GHGs. In all cases, you would be very wrong.
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    Time for the General Assembly to put the brakes on collusive lawsuit settlements

    posted January 19, 2021 by Dr. Andy Jackson
    To protect us from collusive settlements designed to circumvent NC laws, especially election laws, the General Assembly needs to strengthen and clarify G.S. 1-72.2(b) so that judges cannot cut legislative intervening defendants out of the loop on such settlements. This brief explains why and how.
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    Legislators should not bail out irresponsible NC DOT again

    posted January 14, 2021 by Brian Balfour
    Citing "mediocre" transportation infrastructure, a report from a state government commission wants North Carolina to increase transportation spending by 40 percent over the next decade. To critics, it sounds like another taxpayer bailout of a poorly run state agency.
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    Japan: no COVID lockdown, no testing asymptomatic people, and no excess deaths

    posted January 12, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    "The West should envy Japan's COVID-19 response" is the title of this article in Japan Times. The author is Ramesh Thakur, an emeritus professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University and former Assistant Secretary-General of the UN. Thakur lets the West have it, and by extension the demonstrably failed virus mitigation orders here in NC from Gov. Roy Cooper.

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