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The good news: North Carolina state government is better financially prepared for the coming economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic than previous economic crises.
The good news: North Carolina state government is better financially prepared for the coming economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic than previous economic crises.
 
John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist offers a warning to those who want the federal government to take a larger role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist offers a warning to those who want the federal government to take a larger role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly are promoting the idea of sending North Carolinians a check, as a means to help us weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly are promoting the idea of sending North Carolinians a check, as a means to help us weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
 
As established in the federal constitution, America’s national government was meant to be small and tightly focused on matters of truly nationwide scope.
As established in the federal constitution, America’s national government was meant to be small and tightly focused on matters of truly nationwide scope.
 
The John Locke Foundation is approaching its 30th anniversary, and the Republican majority in the General Assembly is halfway through its fifth session.
The John Locke Foundation is approaching its 30th anniversary, and the Republican majority in the General Assembly is halfway through its fifth session.
 
North Carolina’s state government entered its 2019-20 fiscal year on July 1 without a new state budget in place. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led legislature haven’t agreed to one, yet.
North Carolina’s state government entered its 2019-20 fiscal year on July 1 without a new state budget in place. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led legislature haven’t agreed to one, yet.
 
Imagine if you could buy a home with no debt. Wouldn’t you do that? State government has the option to do something similar with the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund, but Gov. Roy Cooper prefers debt.
Imagine if you could buy a home with no debt. Wouldn’t you do that? State government has the option to do something similar with the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund, but Gov. Roy Cooper prefers debt.
 
A government meeting in Alaska opened with a prayer to Satan after a Satanic Temple member won the right to deliver the invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out.
A government meeting in Alaska opened with a prayer to Satan after a Satanic Temple member won the right to deliver the invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out.
 
It’s a hard lesson for some parents to learn: Foot the bill every time your adult child runs into financial trouble, and that child is more likely to continue running into trouble.
It’s a hard lesson for some parents to learn: Foot the bill every time your adult child runs into financial trouble, and that child is more likely to continue running into trouble.
 
It's often good news to learn that a government body is slated to do its work and then go away
It's often good news to learn that a government body is slated to do its work and then go away
 
It's rare to see North Carolina lawmakers vote overwhelmingly against a bill. It's especially noteworthy when that "no" vote helps preserve one of state government's most valuable reforms
It's rare to see North Carolina lawmakers vote overwhelmingly against a bill. It's especially noteworthy when that "no" vote helps preserve one of state government's most valuable reforms
 
Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order Number 5 to facilitate better employee access to state-owned facilities and cabinet agency leaders, encouraging engagement in the direction of state government
Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order Number 5 to facilitate better employee access to state-owned facilities and cabinet agency leaders, encouraging engagement in the direction of state government
 
The weekly "Front Row" political panel program on UNC-TV features a regular segment on "who's up" and "who's down" in state and national politics
The weekly "Front Row" political panel program on UNC-TV features a regular segment on "who's up" and "who's down" in state and national politics
 
North Carolina's labor market ended 2016 on a strong note. Total employment in the state hit 4,360,200 jobs in December, up two percent from the December 2015 figure
North Carolina's labor market ended 2016 on a strong note. Total employment in the state hit 4,360,200 jobs in December, up two percent from the December 2015 figure
 
The N.C. General Assembly’s Legislative Research Commission officially endorsed this afternoon a plan to set new standards for the state’s "ainy day" spending reserves
The N.C. General Assembly’s Legislative Research Commission officially endorsed this afternoon a plan to set new standards for the state’s "ainy day" spending reserves
 
Governor Pat McCrory recognized the extraordinary accomplishments of 16 state government employees during the Governor's Awards for Excellence ceremony today.
Governor Pat McCrory recognized the extraordinary accomplishments of 16 state government employees during the Governor's Awards for Excellence ceremony today.
 
A newly released state audit has revealed shortcomings in the state government information technology system that could compromise security.
A newly released state audit has revealed shortcomings in the state government information technology system that could compromise security.
 
As part of Governor Pat McCrory's efforts to make state government more efficient and accountable, North Carolina is proactively settling workers' compensation claims that will result in more than $24 million in cost savings.
As part of Governor Pat McCrory's efforts to make state government more efficient and accountable, North Carolina is proactively settling workers' compensation claims that will result in more than $24 million in cost savings.
 
Governor Pat McCrory joined nearly 300 state government and military leaders at a summit today to encourage hiring veterans in state government. The summit was part of Governor McCrory's efforts to make North Carolina the most military and veteran-friendly state in the nation by connecting...
Governor Pat McCrory joined nearly 300 state government and military leaders at a summit today to encourage hiring veterans in state government. The summit was part of Governor McCrory's efforts to make North Carolina the most military and veteran-friendly state in the nation by connecting...
 
North Carolina State Government is stepping up efforts to hire the best and the brightest to serve the people of North Carolina.
North Carolina State Government is stepping up efforts to hire the best and the brightest to serve the people of North Carolina.
 
Governor Pat McCrory's initiative to modernize state government with the aim of making it more customer friendly for citizens has received national recognition.
Governor Pat McCrory's initiative to modernize state government with the aim of making it more customer friendly for citizens has received national recognition.
 
The General Assembly on Wednesday approved a measure allowing state government to continue spending money through the end of the month while budget writers from both chambers continue to hammer out a compromise.
The General Assembly on Wednesday approved a measure allowing state government to continue spending money through the end of the month while budget writers from both chambers continue to hammer out a compromise.
 
Over the last few weeks, debates in the North Carolina legislature have focused on the budget and the stark differences between the House and Senate versions. This week I would like to discuss more of the politics of the budget process and what that means for spending measures.
Over the last few weeks, debates in the North Carolina legislature have focused on the budget and the stark differences between the House and Senate versions. This week I would like to discuss more of the politics of the budget process and what that means for spending measures.
 
Two reports this week from the John Locke Foundation discuss the costly unintended consequences of state government mandates.
 
The question of whether our state government ought to subsidize historic preservation is distinguishable from the question of how government should deliver those subsidies. Unfortunately, these two issues have been lumped together by lawmakers when discussing the recent sunset of the historic...
The question of whether our state government ought to subsidize historic preservation is distinguishable from the question of how government should deliver those subsidies. Unfortunately, these two issues have been lumped together by lawmakers when discussing the recent sunset of the historic...
 
The writer of Ecclesiastes was correct. For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.
The writer of Ecclesiastes was correct. For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.
 
Taxes are the primary source of income for the state of North Carolina. While many of us focus on the larger taxes, such as personal income, we must remember there are multiple sources of tax income the state uses to fund its daily functions.
Taxes are the primary source of income for the state of North Carolina. While many of us focus on the larger taxes, such as personal income, we must remember there are multiple sources of tax income the state uses to fund its daily functions.
 
For those of us who follow state government, the budget is always a topic of conversation. Where will money be spent? How much will be spent on various agencies? Will there be a surplus or deficit? The list goes on and on, but one question that doesn't come up very often is: How is the budget...
For those of us who follow state government, the budget is always a topic of conversation. Where will money be spent? How much will be spent on various agencies? Will there be a surplus or deficit? The list goes on and on, but one question that doesn't come up very often is: How is the budget...
 
The unemployment insurance debt owed to the federal government by North Carolina has dropped by nearly $2 billion under the reforms implemented by Governor Pat McCrory.
The unemployment insurance debt owed to the federal government by North Carolina has dropped by nearly $2 billion under the reforms implemented by Governor Pat McCrory.
 
The media hysteria over the budget debate on Jones Street is reaching a crescendo.
The media hysteria over the budget debate on Jones Street is reaching a crescendo.
 
The year 2013 saw the greatest changes in state government in the past fifty years.
 
North Carolina state government spending has grown "significantly" in recent decades, though much of that growth has been hidden beneath headlines that focus on the state's General Fund. That's a key finding from a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
North Carolina state government spending has grown "significantly" in recent decades, though much of that growth has been hidden beneath headlines that focus on the state's General Fund. That's a key finding from a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
 
North Carolina state government spending has grown "significantly" in recent decades, though much of that growth has been hidden beneath headlines that focus on the state's General Fund.
North Carolina state government spending has grown "significantly" in recent decades, though much of that growth has been hidden beneath headlines that focus on the state's General Fund.
 
North Carolina is among a number of state governments plagued by massive unfunded liabilities for state retirees' health insurance benefits, and, like many of its counterparts, it is placing greater responsibility for costs on members in a movement known as medical consumerism.
North Carolina is among a number of state governments plagued by massive unfunded liabilities for state retirees' health insurance benefits, and, like many of its counterparts, it is placing greater responsibility for costs on members in a movement known as medical consumerism.
 
In 2007, with Bev Perdue as president of the Senate, Joe Hackney as speaker of the House, and Mike Easley as governor, a very liberal, Democratic-run state government imposed a mandate that by 2021, the state's investor-owned utilities must provide 12.5 percent of their energy from renewable...
In 2007, with Bev Perdue as president of the Senate, Joe Hackney as speaker of the House, and Mike Easley as governor, a very liberal, Democratic-run state government imposed a mandate that by 2021, the state's investor-owned utilities must provide 12.5 percent of their energy from renewable...
 
With respect to our legislators the current talk of a tax reform plan makes about as much sense as hopping in a car and striking out to California without a GPS or road map.
With respect to our legislators the current talk of a tax reform plan makes about as much sense as hopping in a car and striking out to California without a GPS or road map.
 
Any tax-reform bill that might move through the North Carolina General Assembly will address only state-level taxes. So the topic of my column today is unlikely to lead to any legislative action in the short run.
Any tax-reform bill that might move through the North Carolina General Assembly will address only state-level taxes. So the topic of my column today is unlikely to lead to any legislative action in the short run.
 
rom the White House through the State House and into the Dog Catchers House the problems are all the same. We are spending too much money at every level of government.
rom the White House through the State House and into the Dog Catchers House the problems are all the same. We are spending too much money at every level of government.
 
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