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Thursday, July, 31 2014

Shameful Propaganda That’s Meant To Alarm You

I don’t doubt that some of those who oppose hydraulic fracturing — fracking — are serious people seeking to ensure public safety and healthy. I, too, want to make sure that as North Carolina begins energy exploration, safety and health are protected. Kudos to our legislative reformers and governor for doing just that. But there […]

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Judge Rejects N.C. Liberals’ Effort To Deny Low-Income Families Educational Freedom

A major victory today for those of us who believe parents should have the choice to send their kids to the school they’ve determined best meets their individual needs. The state’s Opportunity Scholarship program is on! This victory is despite a huge effort by elitist North Carolina liberals who are doing everything they can to […]

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Thursday at JLF: Rep. Paul Stam To Discuss Opportunity Scholarships

You’re invited to JLF Thursday to hear Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam of Wake County give the The Milton Friedman Freedom Lecture, titled Opportunity Scholarships: Perils and Promise July 31, 2014 would have been Milton Friedman’s 102nd birthday. To honor his vision and the impact he has had on our society, we have collaborated with policy groups from […]

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Not Just A Big Pay Hike, But A Reform Package

JLF’s John Hood makes an important point about the 2014-15 General Fund budget plan presented Tuesday by Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis. It’s not just about pay, it’s about reform.  The provision attracting the lion’s share of attention is an average teacher pay raise of 7 percent, which will cost about […]

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Wake County Set To Break 10,000 Mark For Home-Schoolers

Thousands of Wake County parents have taken control of, and responsibility for, the education of their children — opting for home-schooling. JLF’s Terry Stoops, posting at sister blog The Locker Room, gives us the data. Last year, there were an estimated 9,559 homeschool students in Wake County. Wake had the largest five-year enrollment increase in […]

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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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