John Locke Foundation Coverage
Study: NC counties paid $144M in incentives over 5 years
A report released Thursday by the John Locke Foundation shows North Carolina counties paid out about $144 million in economic development incentives over the last five years.
Renewable energy freeze on fast track
A controversial bill to freeze the state's renewable energy portfolio standard is on a fast track to the Senate floor despite an unclear vote from the Senate Finance Committee.
Hagan stimulus story hits the ad wars
Republicans are hammering incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan with the fact her husband's company landed stimulus grants after she voted for the bill. Hagan says it is Republican Thom Tillis who has conflict of interest problems.
April 15 provides soapbox for backers, critics of NC tax overhaul
On the day that has become synonymous with taxes, Gov. Pat McCrory promoted the changes to North Carolina's tax code that lawmakers approved last year, saying they are already helping state taxpayers.
Proposal to limit future state spending moves forward
The proposed constitutional amendment would limit state spending increases based on population growth and inflation. Opponents say it could hurt the ability of the state to manage debt and deal with climbing health care costs.
Educators, others skeptical of proposed budget
Education advocates, state employees and advocates for the poor expressed concern Wednesday for various provisions in Gov. Pat McCrory's $20.6 billion spending proposal for the coming year.
Policy groups help set the agenda in Raleigh
The think tanks and nonprofit advocacy organizations that try to drive public opinion and the legislative agenda in the state capital fall into two 'families.' A better understanding of their funding can help the public know who to believe.