• John Locke Update

    A Sustainable Path for Pension and Retiree Health Benefits

    posted July 26, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    One reason teachers and state employees may not have seen the raises they wanted in recent years is that the government’s cost for pensions and retiree health benefits has climbed…
  • Press Release

    Pay Productive State Workers More

    posted May 29, 2006
    RALEIGH – North Carolina rewards its state employees for longevity, not productivity, a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report finds. That’s not a payment system that attracts or keeps…
  • Research Report

    Compensation Model Cannot Keep Good State Employees

    posted May 29, 2006 by Joseph Coletti
    State government needs pay its employees differently if it wants to keep the best of them. The average state employee earns as much as the average employee nationally, but across-the-board pay raises fail to reward employees for performance. Employees who choose to work for the state are more risk averse and may stay despite a lack of productivity. But these employees merely substitute unseen political risk for visible market risk. The General Assembly should consider more pay for performance and portable benefits for state employees.
  • Press Release

    Budget Deserves Governor’s Veto

    posted August 9, 2005
    RALEIGH – The state budget plan now facing floor votes in the North Carolina House and Senate levies another big tax increase to pay for excessive spending – and clearly…
  • Press Release

    They Can’t All Be Teachers

    posted August 2, 2005
    RALEIGH – Market forces may be moving textile and furniture employment overseas, but according to a new report from the John Locke Foundation there’s no mistaking a major growth industry…

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