Archives: Dr. Roy Cordato

  • N.C. policymakers should turn attention to capital gains tax reform

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 685: State policymakers should focus on capital gains taxes as they pursue the next round of tax reform. That’s the recommendation in a new John Locke Foundation report. Author Roy Cordato, JLF’s vice president for research and resident scholar, explains how the…

  • Wallace couple admits to $12 million in federal income tax fraud

    A Wallace couple recently pleaded guilty to $12 million in tax refund fraud. They used more than 300 different names of real and fake people to collect phony refunds. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson discusses their case and the larger nationwide problem of Stolen Identify Refund Fraud. Students, parents,…

  • Focus on growth, not development

    North Carolina should abandon economic development policy and completely refocus on economic growth. These are distinctly different goals that more often than not conflict with each other. Most policies meant to promote economic development create economic inefficiencies and therefore hinder economic growth. For decades North Carolina has been pursuing “economic…

  • Time to dump economic development policy

    North Carolina should abandon what it has been referring to for years as economic development policy and completely refocus its efforts in the area of economic policy on economic growth. These are distinctly different goals that more often than not come into conflict with each other. Most policies meant to…

  • The Best Route Toward a Consumption Tax

    Over the last few years, ever since the tax reform of 2013 took hold in North Carolina, there has been a steady push to expand the sales tax to services in an attempt to make it a more pure consumption tax. The idea, on the part of some analysts and…

  • John Locke Foundation helps candidates prepare for November elections

    Tax reform, health care, and education spending were among the topics John Locke Foundation experts tackled during a Friday afternoon briefing for candidates preparing for November elections in North Carolina. Click play above to hear from Becki Gray, JLF vice president for outreach; Kory Swanson, president and CEO (starts at…