John Locke Foundation

Certified: The Need to Repeal CON: Counter to Their Intent, Certificate of Need Laws Raise Health Care Costs

Jon Sanders
October 30, 2013

Certificate of Need (CON) laws use central planning to try to reduce health care costs by keeping health care facilities from buying too much equipment, building too much capacity, and adding

North Carolina’s Capital Gains Tax: It’s Time to Consider a Change

September 15, 2014

This policy paper by John Locke Foundation Vice President of Resarch Roy Cordato explains the effects of North Carolina's recent tax reforms, as well as the implications and imperatives of further

Chemicals in Fracking Fluids

Jon Sanders
August 28, 2014

Since the 1940s, over a million wells have used hydraulic fracturing -- fracking -- safely.

North Carolina State Budget Overview: Teacher Compensation and Medicaid Drive the 2014-15 Budget

Sarah Curry
August 20, 2014

In fiscal year 2014-15, North Carolina's General Fund budget rose by 2.2 percent, to $21.1 billion.

An Occupancy Tax Increase?

Sarah Curry
August 14, 2014
In 1983, the first occupancy taxes were approved in North Carolina.

An Occupancy Tax Increase? Haywood County already has a million dollars annually from existing tax

Sarah Curry
April 28, 2014

Local and state officials from Haywood County have proposed a resolution that would increase the county’s occupancy tax by 50 percent.  Any increase in the tax rate should be put forward

Educational Freedom Works

John Hood and Dr. Terry Stoops
May 20, 2014

Policies that facilitate private school choice and competition have been studied more extensively by academic researchers than many other reforms—127 times, by our count, since

First, Stop the Bleeding: Getting North Carolina Out of Its Unemployment Insurance Crisis

John Locke Foundation
January 13, 2012

The many nuances of the UI system mean that without a brief explanation one may struggle to understand the severity of the current scenario or the basis for disparities across states.

Budget Basics: Sustaining the Present, Preserving the Future

Sarah Curry
August 26, 2013

This spotlight from JLF, contends that the budget for North Carolina's General Fund spending totals $20.6 billion for fiscal year 2013-14, is only a 2.5 percent increase from the previous yea

N.C. Rejects Exchange, Medicaid Expansion

Dan Way
March 1, 2013

In this March 2013 front page issue of the Carolina Journal, Dan Way reports that the legislature sent a bill to NC Governor Pay McCrory to ban Medicaid expansion and to not participate in the heal

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