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Friday, March, 27 2015

Will They Ever Pay The $3.5 Billion They Owe?

Federal News Radio reports on the continuing problem of federal employees not paying their taxes.  More than 100,000 employees in the federal workforce owe a total of $3.54 billion in federal taxes, according to 2014 data from the IRS. Although the number of tax delinquent feds decreased by about 14,000 from 2013, the balance owed […]

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We Should Be Thanking Legislators & The Governor For a Vigorous Debate

I find it curious that some in the chattering class seem to want legislative reformers to all think alike and have little discussion and debate over decisions that will impact North Carolinians for years to come. It seems that the marketplace of ideas is now viewed as a problem. I vigorously disagree. We should thank […]

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz In Raleigh April 13

You’re invited to join the John Locke Foundation as we host one of the most dynamic limited-government conservatives on the scene today, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Registration and ticket information here. Monday, April 13, 2015 12:00 p.m. North Raleigh Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609 In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the […]

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Who Is The Highest Paid School Superintendent In North Carolina?

The highest paid school superintendent in North Carolina is Bill Harrison, head of the Alamance-Burlington system. Reporting earlier this month from myfox8.com. shows Harrison’s salary is causing controversy.  “Now we know where our taxes are going to,” said resident Debbie Underwood who can’t believe Harrison is the highest paid superintendent when students in the county […]

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Headline Of The Day: “Orange County offering free money to small business and farm programs”

From the Triangle Business Journal: Orange County offering free money to small business and farm programs The story: The county has, so far, about $200,000 in the kitty for small businesses and about $120,000 for the ag-related applicants, says Steve Brantley, director of Orange County Economic Development, which will be administering the program. The two […]

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In Defense of (Most) Photojournalism

Regardless of the recent examples of unethical photojournalism, most photographers have very high standards.

Will TTA Use Eminent Domain?

Many in the Triangle fear the TTA will resort to Kelo-style eminent domain condemnations.

The Joke's on U

In the new movie, "Accepted," a group of friends make up their own college after being rejected by real ones. The real joke is, the hoax college isn't any more outrageous than many real ones.

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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.

City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

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