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In the last two years, academics and scholars of public policy have identified North Carolina as a state with an overly complex criminal code that can ensnare small businesses, farmers, and individuals who unknowingly fail to comply with regulatory rules. In 2014, Professor Jeff Welty of the...
North Carolina features "undoubtedly the premier governor's race of the country" for 2016, and if the election were held today GOP Gov. Pat McCrory would be re-elected despite shaky approval ratings, said Tom Jensen, director of the Raleigh-based firm Public Policy Polling.
Wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that if we discuss a problem long enough we can come up with a solution? It doesn't work that way with public policy issues, especially in the selection of judges.
Those who advocate rational public policy, based on a thorough understanding of the principles of human action and the benefits of voluntary exchange, are bound to be disappointed much of the time.
Over the past four years, state policymakers in Raleigh have adopted a series of sweeping changes in public policy, including a new state tax code, school choice, new energy policies, election laws, and historic reforms of the regulatory process. Some North Carolinians have welcomed these...
During the 2014 campaign season, polling organizations issued dozens of surveys of North Carolina voters. If you read them carefully, you spotted the opening that Thom Tillis would later seize to upset Kay Hagan in the U.S. Senate race. A careful reading also revealed that Democrats were unlikely...
Conservatives and libertarians often serve as allies in public policy debates, but they tend to diverge on some hot-button issues.
As government agencies continue to push for growth, with the help of their special-interest allies and mainstream media outlets, advocates for free markets and limited government have to work hard to get their messages heard in the public policy debate.
Those who advocate rational public policy, based on a thorough understanding of the principles of human action and the benefits of voluntary exchange, are bound to be disappointed much of the time.
Over the past four years, state policymakers in Raleigh have adopted a series of sweeping changes in public policy, including a new state tax code, school choice, new energy policies, election laws, and historic reforms of the regulatory process. Some North Carolinians have welcomed these...
During the 2014 campaign season, polling organizations issued dozens of surveys of North Carolina voters. If you read them carefully, you spotted the opening that Thom Tillis would later seize to upset Kay Hagan in the U.S. Senate race. A careful reading also revealed that Democrats were unlikely...
Conservatives and libertarians often serve as allies in public policy debates, but they tend to diverge on some hot-button issues.
As government agencies continue to push for growth, with the help of their special-interest allies and mainstream media outlets, advocates for free markets and limited government have to work hard to get their messages heard in the public policy debate.
During the 2014 campaign season, polling organizations issued dozens of surveys of North Carolina voters. If you read them carefully, you spotted the opening that Thom Tillis would later seize to upset Kay Hagan in the U.S. Senate race. A careful reading also revealed that Democrats were unlikely...
Over the past four years, state policymakers in Raleigh have adopted a series of sweeping changes in public policy, including a new state tax code, school choice, new energy policies, election laws, and historic reforms of the regulatory process. Some North Carolinians have welcomed these...
Those who advocate rational public policy, based on a thorough understanding of the principles of human action and the benefits of voluntary exchange, are bound to be disappointed much of the time.
As government agencies continue to push for growth, with the help of their special-interest allies and mainstream media outlets, advocates for free markets and limited government have to work hard to get their messages heard in the public policy debate.
Public Policy Polling is out with some new numbers on the highly-watched US Senate race here in good ol' NC.
Ideas drive public policy. During the last couple of years, North Carolina has begun to implement sound ideas to reform taxes, transportation, regulation, energy, education, Medicaid, and more. Good policy leads to more economic freedom, and that leads North Carolina in the right direction.
Dean Baker is an economist who co-directs a left-wing group in Washington called the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Liberal groups in North Carolina and elsewhere often cite Baker as an authority on the effects of public policy on economic growth.
Early next year, the John Locke Foundation will be celebrating our 25th anniversary.
The federal health care law known as Obamacare creates more problems for North Carolinians than just the faulty website that has generated recent headlines. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report documents key Obamacare flaws and offers alternatives for addressing health care needs.
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