Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Government should not intervene in the historic-property business on economic grounds

The North Carolina historic preservation tax credits sunset on January 1, 2015. State government should strive to keep the tax code clean. If lawmakers choose to enact a program to aid in historic preservation, a grant program is a better alternative than a tax credit.

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North Carolina's Capital Gains Tax

It's time to consider a change

Capital gains taxes penalize saving, investment, and therefore entrepreneurship, by imposing a second layer of taxation on equity investment. The most straightforward way to end this bias is to eliminate the tax on capital gains completely.

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The Chemicals in Fracking Fluids

Earth and water, you’ll find plenty of both down there

Since the 1940s, over a million wells have used hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) safely. The chemicals used are about 99 percent water and sand. The rest is a blend of chemical additives, most of which are found in typical household and personal care products.

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State Budget Overview

Teacher compensation and Medicaid drive the 2014-15 budget

For fiscal year 2014-15, North Carolina’s General Fund budget rose 2.2 percent to $21.1 billion. It funded an average teacher salary increase of 7 percent, one of the largest pay raises for North Carolina teachers in a generation, and created a Medicaid contingency fund of $186.4 million.

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Facts on Fracking

Addressing concerns over hydraulic fracturing coming to North Carolina

Along with hopes for new jobs and a stronger economy, the prospect “fracking” in North Carolina has raised concerns. Some are legitimate questions informed by responsible skepticism, but others are fears fanned by activists and pressure groups. This paper seeks to address those questions and concerns.

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The Mechanics of Medicaid

How Medicaid's flawed financial design drives program costs

Medicaid’s fundamental flaws stem from the way in which it is funded, as both state and federal government share the total bill. If Medicaid’s federal share was transferred to North Carolina as an annual block grant, it would allow lawmakers to exercise more control over the program and create a stronger incentive to sort out system waste and abuse.

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The Best of Both Budgets

"Reverse logrolling" would help legislators produce a sound spending plan

Reverse logrolling applied to the current state budget would result in a General Fund budget of $20.6 billion and a $667 million surplus, which would allow legislators more flexibility when discussing spending priorities, including teacher pay increases.  It would also allow enough to be set aside in savings and reserves to avoid any unforeseen shortfalls in the next fiscal year. 

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The John Locke Foundation presents

Medicaid Reform and the Private Practice


North Carolina has chosen not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, as some states have done. Today, the state's leaders are increasingly under pressure to reverse that decision. This presentation will discuss the impact of expanding Medicaid in our state, as well as the Accountable Care Organization proposal and Managed Care proposal's impact on your family doctor. The doctors will also review realistic cost savings mechanisms they believe could be immediately implemented to contain Medicaid spending.


Dr. Rosemary Fernandez Stein and Dr. David Stein are the founders of the International Family Clinic. The clinic has cared for the children of Burlington and surrounding counties since 1999. It is the second largest Medicaid provider in Alamance County. The mission of the clinic is to help foster the best possible outcomes for its patients. The clinic has an after school tutoring program called The Mustard Seed, which helps over 20 students each year to improve their reading and math ability. The clinic has also sponsored a Soccer in Scouting program to provide at-risk boys with the structure of the Boy Scouts and a male mentor.

Dr. Rosemary F. Stein has a twice-a-month radio show devoted to the problems of parenting. She has given parenting lectures at Burlington Christian Academy and to the Christian Medical and Dental Association. She is a trustee at Alamance Community College and sits on the board of the North Carolina Partnership for Children. Dr. David Stein is a veteran of Desert Storm and has 14 years experience in the military medical system, where he was clinic chief in three multi-specialty clinics.

In 2009, the couple co-wrote and starred in a commercial warning of the effects of the Affordable Care Act on their patients. The commercial aired on The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity.

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JLF's Sarah Curry discusses N.C. historic preservation tax credits

John Locke Foundation's 25th Anniversary Celebration with Charles Krauthammer


Charles Krauthammer currently serves as a contributor for FOX News Channel (FNC), where he contributes political commentary and analysis across FNC's daytime and primetime programming.

Krauthammer makes frequent appearances on Special Report with Bret Baier, The O'Reilly Factor and FOX News Sunday. He is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated journalist and physician as well as a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and a weekly panelist on PBS' Inside Washington. Additionally, Krauthammer joined The Washington Post in 1984, where he continues to write a weekly political column. He began his journalism career at The New Republic.

Prior to his career in journalism, Krauthammer served as a speech writer to Vice President Walter Mondale in 1980 and as chief resident in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Throughout his career, Krauthammer has been a recipient of several awards, including the 2013 William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence, the 1984 National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticisms, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the first annual Bradley Prize. Additionally, he is the author of "Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics" and "Democratic Realism: An American Foreign Policy for a Unipolar World."

Jan 29, 2015

CJ Editorial: Leave the Tax Credit to History

State government should not be in the business of giving special favors to developers in the form of targeted tax credits, for historic preservation or any other purpose.

Jan 15, 2015

An Education Agenda for 2015

Lawmakers have an opportunity to build on recent success in North Carolina.

Jan 08, 2015

The John Locke Foundation Turns 25

A "big idea" from two visionaries has resulted in an influential organization that is considered to be the gold standard of state-based think tanks.

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Oct 21, 2014

Steer Clear of Government Editor's Pen

Journalists fall short of long-established standards when they allow officials to peruse and even edit their reports.

Sep 23, 2014

Don't Let the Narrative Trump The Facts

You'd have thought by now that the news media would have learned the hard lessons of prejudging a story or a situation before all the facts are in.

Sep 17, 2014

When the Price of Access Is Too Steep

Media outlets should think twice about maintaining cozy relationships with murderous regimes.

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