• Research Report

    An overriding budget: FY 2011-13 budget review

    posted June 20, 2011 by Joseph Coletti
    The General Assembly's no-tax-hike budget sets North Carolina state government on a more sustainable course than the one Gov. Beverly Perdue and her allies supported. It avoids an $850 million tax increase Gov. Bev Perdue sought, which means $200 less in taxes per household. General Fund spending totals $19.5 billion, two percent less than Gov. Perdue's original, $19.9 billion proposal.
  • Press Release

    No-tax-hike budget sets N.C. government on better course

    posted June 20, 2011
    RALEIGH — The General Assembly’s no-tax-hike budget sets North Carolina state government on a more sustainable course than the one Gov. Beverly Perdue and her allies supported. The John Locke…
  • Research Report

    Protecting Families and Businesses: A Plan for Fiscal Balance and Economic Growth

    posted February 20, 2011 by Joseph Coletti
    This budget proposal would spend $18.4 billion and return spending to the same levels, adjusted for population and inflation, as in the mid-1990s. In addition to ending the temporary sales tax and income tax surcharges, this budget would reduce the tax rates on personal and corporate income, setting the stage for future tax reform.
  • Press Release

    Governor’s budget does not go far enough, fast enough

    posted February 16, 2011
    RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue’s state budget plan offers a good start for lawmakers looking to trim North Carolina’s overgrown government obligations. But the John Locke Foundation’s chief budget expert…
  • Research Report

    Perdue’s Regulatory Executive Order: A step in the right direction

    posted October 26, 2010 by Daren Bakst
    North Carolina’s regulatory environment is poor, especially in comparison with other states’. Gov. Beverly Perdue signed a new executive order to modify the rulemaking process and help reduce the costs of regulation, which is a good start, but much will depend on how it is implemented in practice. For true regulatory reform, the legislature needs to build upon the executive order and apply reforms to all agencies.

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