Opinion (Page 9)

  • High-profile politician’s proposal shines light on tax-rate debate

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deserves a big “Thank you.” In calling for top marginal tax rates of 70 percent, the freshman U.S. representative from New York is attracting attention to often-neglected issues linked to federal tax policy. To be clear, this column is not endorsing Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal. A near doubling of the…

  • The unfinished business of school finance reform

    A 2016 report published by the General Assembly’s nonpartisan Program Evaluation Division detailed the distribution of state funds to public schools and concluded that the system’s “features and controls are redundant, counterintuitive, lack rationale, and obscure transparency and accountability.” They recommended either addressing the systemic defects identified in the report…

  • State budget battle is looming

    Even under a best-case scenario, any surpluses in North Carolina’s revenues could not possibly finance every spending promise made by every politician running for office last fall.

  • N.C. franchise tax: It’s time to reconsider

    North Carolina’s franchise tax is a punitive and opaque tax levied on businesses organized under one of the usual corporate forms, primarily C-Corps and S-Corps. It is inconsistent with both good economics and good government. Most of the problems associated with the corporate income tax are also present in the…

  • School choice gets personal

    Happy National School Choice Week! Today at noon, the John Locke Foundation will host Mike Long, President of Parents For Educational Freedom in NC, to discuss the quest to empower families in North Carolina with the freedom to choose an education that best meets the needs of their child. …