Opinion (Page 6)

  • Transit will waste tax dollars

    No matter how many billions of tax dollars we spend on buses and trains, we can’t expect the share of our commutes carried by transit to rise into the double-digits anytime soon.

  • FLASHBACK: Tax cuts are not self-financing

    Editor’s note: This Daily Journal by John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood originally ran here May 30, 2017. We are running it again in response to a story,”What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country,” published Sunday in The Washington Post. North Carolina Republicans…

  • North Carolina not smiling on happy hours

    While I don’t consider myself an expert on North Carolina’s laws governing alcohol, I do think I’m pretty well informed. But the other day I learned something I probably should have known, considering my research on the subject. No bar, grill, brasserie, bistro, or…

  • Criminal-justice reform offers rare chance for bipartisan success

    Who says Republicans and Democrats can’t do good things together? Discussions are under way between leaders of both parties in Congress seeking positive reforms in our criminal-justice system. This may be an outlier — an opportunity for Republican and Democrats, conservatives and liberals to bring new hope to men and…

  • Revenue trend doesn’t merit panic

    While General Fund revenues to date are a bit below projection, they are still higher than General Fund spending, meaning that the state budget has a net cash surplus so far this fiscal year of $350 million.

  • Parents count when judging schools

    Studies of charter-school performance conducted years ago aren’t as informative as recent studies, which reflect a more mature sector with consistent high-performers that have replicated themselves.

  • Complacency puts N.C. charter school movement at risk

    Since the election of Republican legislative majorities in 2010, charter schools have enjoyed a winning streak of pro-charter legislation and policy. Those victories included the removal of the 100-school cap, more generous allowances for grade and enrollment expansion, and a much-improved charter application and approval process. While a handful of…