Category: Columns

Government doesn’t make things “affordable”

By Brian Balfour Raleigh, NC – The surest way to make a good or service rise in price dramatically is to have government efforts to make it “affordable.”  The chart below speaks volumes: Notice that those goods and services rising…

Back-To-School supplies may bust your budget in 2022

By Dr. Terry Stoops Raleigh, NC – Inflation continues to pummel consumers, and the back-to-school shopping season will be no exception. Crippling inflationary pressures will drive up the cost of outfitting youngsters for the coming school year. The 2022 Deloitte Back-To-School…

Sales tax to pay for North Carolina’s state roads

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – When the North Carolina General Assembly enacted its budget revision for the 2022-23 fiscal year, it contained a major change in how the state funds roads. Until now, the system relied overwhelmingly on revenue…

Government got COVID mostly wrong

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – I’m a liberty-minded conservative, not an anarchist. I think government is inevitable and necessary but its legitimate scope and practical competencies are rather limited. The many public-policy failures during the COVID-19 pandemic illustrate the…