Michael Lowrey is an associate editor of Carolina Journal and a policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation.
Lowrey has written numerous articles for the Foundation on topics such as economic policy, education, welfare, and transportation. His work has appeared in over 100 newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer of Raleigh, and The News and Record of Greensboro.
He is also the author or co-author of several Locke policy reports, including the yearly By The Numbers: Comparing the Cost of Local Government in North Carolina series and Flex Growth: A market friendly Development Policy for North Carolina’s Growing Communities (1999).
Lowrey received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his masters in economics from North Carolina State University. He has also taught undergraduate classes at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte and Wingate University.
(5.16.13) McCrory Plan Uses Highway Dollars Wisely
The new governor proposes the first serious revision to state road policy in nearly a quarter century.
(5.09.13) McCrory Plan Uses Highway Dollars Wisely
The governor's plan for transportation funding allows smarter spending of the money we now collect.
(3.21.13) Airline Merger Shouldn’t Hurt Charlotte
The combination of American and US Airways is unlikely to lead to the end of the Queen City's hub.
(1.10.13) Negotiating Poorly With The Big Cat
City and county governments can benefit from applying some basic business practices to how they operate.
(1.03.13) Negotiating Poorly With the Big Cat
Charlotte leaders have signaled their fear that the Queen City could lose its pro football team.
(12.05.12) Court Says Citizens Do Not Have Right To Carry Concealed Weapons
RALEIGH — Though the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the right of individual citizens to possess firearms under the Second Amendment, the N.C. Court of Appeals says this right does not cover concealed weapons.
(11.06.12) Convention Numbers Don’t Add Up
Estimates of the Charlotte convention center's economic impact are absurd.
(11.02.12) Convention Numbers In Charlotte Not Adding Up
The city's convention promoters claim the industry provides a a financial boost to the Queen City that falls far short of reality.
(9.13.12) Creative Class Crackpottery
Leaders in Raleigh and other cities are enthralled with ideas that are just plain silly.
(8.21.12) Court Could Limit Appeal of Competitive Contracting
RALEIGH — Charlotte’s refusal to reimburse the apartment complex for use of an outside vendor led to the lawsuit. If the city prevails, it could limit the incentive for business owners to seek bids from service providers that compete with those approved by municipal governments.