Tag: John Hood

Sales tax rules don’t make sense

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – I think the North Carolina General Assembly deserves loads of credit for making our tax code friendlier to growth, investment, and freedom. In one respect, however, the state still imposes too heavy a load.…

Yes, they’ll waste our money again

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – We will probably never know how much of our money was squandered during the pandemic by reckless politicians. But here are two damning numbers to start with: $400 billion and $855,000 per job year.…

Roy Cooper defends racial discrimination

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – Because I am an inveterate optimist who likes to think the best of other folks, I’m going to assume for the sake of the following argument that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and former…

North Carolinians think recession is here

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By John Hood Raleigh, NC – North Carolinians are greatly concerned about our economy. According to the John Locke Foundation’s latest Civitas Poll, 77% of state voters believe we are currently in a recession. Most call inflation “a huge problem”…

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…

School closures were too risky

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – When the news broke on January 3 that one of North Carolina’s largest school districts, Cumberland County, was considering a shift to virtual instruction in response to rising case counts of the Omicron variant,…

Families are swinging suburban

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – It’s my go-to slide. I’ve shown it to all the classes I teach at Duke University. The slide is striking. It’s revealing. And now it’s out of date. The slide in question is based…