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Saturday, July, 4 2015

Institutions of Lower Learning on Our Losing Fathers

Today would be a nice day to thank Mr. Steele. He was my high school civics teacher. He taught us about intellectual thought leading up to the American Revolution. We read original materials and did lots of extra-credit assignments. To that, we contrast entertaining commentary from Pope Center staff about the dearth of instruction on […]

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Hope You Can Appreciate

I had the great privilege of talking to Robert Levy, chairman of the board of the Cato Institute, today. Although the legal system has been practically exhausted as a means of stopping ObamaCare, Levy has hope that electing enough senators and a president who will uphold the Constitution could be enough to get our leaders […]

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Flash! People Buy When the Price Is Wrong

Whole Foods has come under fire for “overcharging customers.” While price theorists choke, it will be pointed out that the CEOs say the errors were random, but the local daily implies pricing only went in the store’s favor. It is further inferred that the labeling of pricing as wrong means produce was not weighed accurately. […]

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Help. Just. Help.

Disclaimer: Fresh air and water are good, and pollution is bad. Claimer: We need science literacy. A retired Appalachian State University professor is starting the Boone chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. One reason is that back in 1815, blacksmiths and teamsters were taking readings of atmospheric particulates worldwide. I guess. Their pioneer sensors accurately detected […]

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Western N.C.'s Greatest Hits

Transit system impact

Asheville's transit system has the smallest impact on regional travel, according to a report by Dr. David Hartgen of UNCC.

Asheville congestion

Future road congestion could threaten North Carolina’s economy, but Asheville is better prepared for congestion than most other N.C. cities.

Shuler and amnesty

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., and several Republican members of Congress try get Senate to resist attempts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

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An Alternative Budget: Response to the governor's proposed budget for the upcoming biennium

The John Locke Foundation is continuing its tradition, started in 1995, of offering an alternative to the governor’s budget recommendation. Consistent with prior years, this JLF budget focuses on core government. This budget spends less in both years of the biennium than the governor’s, and only increases spending by 2 percent from the last fiscal year.

By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

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