OPINION: Public Conflicted on Housing Markets

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — As they witness rapidly escalating costs for building, buying, and maintaining homes, the vast majority of North Carolinians clearly want their leaders to do something about affordable housing. What that something ought to be, however, remains far from clear. In a recent Elon University survey, for example, 66% of respondents…

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OPINION: Medicaid Expansion Remains Unwise

By John Hood RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are reportedly considering some form of Medicaid expansion as part of a final budget deal with Gov. Roy Cooper that would also bring tax cuts and other free-market policy gains on key issues. The prospect of such a deal disappoints me. But it doesn’t shock me.…

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OPINION: School Closures Were a Mistake

By John Hood RALEIGH, N.C. — Closing down school buildings for many months last year — and offering poorly planned and executed virtual schooling as an inadequate substitute — proved to be a disaster for North Carolina children, families, and the education system itself. We can say this now with great confidence. When the COVID-19…

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OPINION: Court opinions highlight importance of separation of powers, economic liberty

By Mitch Kokai, Carolina Journal North Carolina’s Supreme Court has been attracting negative attention in recent weeks. Its Democratic justices stand accused of plotting to boot two Republican colleagues from an important case dealing with voter ID. Amid the controversy, which has generated national headlines, it’s nice to see two positive court-related developments this month. Both involve North…

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OPINION: Court opinions highlight importance of separation of powers, economic liberty

By Mitch Kokai, Carolina Journal North Carolina’s Supreme Court has been attracting negative attention in recent weeks. Its Democratic justices stand accused of plotting to boot two Republican colleagues from an important case dealing with voter ID. Amid the controversy, which has generated national headlines, it’s nice to see two positive court-related developments this month. Both involve North…

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OPINION: There Is No Free Ride

By John Hood RALEIGH, N.C. — The latest news about North Carolina transportation was no surprise. In a pattern all too familiar, our leaders have planned for and promised more highway projects than can be financed with current revenue sources. The latest estimate of the gap was, however, staggering. For projects already committed — that…

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OPINION: Economic liberty depends on judges who respect the Constitution

By Mitch Kokai, Carolina Journal When it comes to protecting economic liberty, North Carolinians get good help from their state constitution and state Supreme Court precedent. The Tar Heel State fares well in comparison with other states. But that could change. That’s one lesson that emerged from a recent online conversation with Justin Pearson of…

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OPINION: We All Win When We Argue

By John Hood RALEIGH, N.C. — In the England of the early 20th century, there were no two writers more dissimilar than G.K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw. Chesterton was a conservative who wrote literary essays, a long-running newspaper column, and the popular Father Brown series of detective stories. Shaw was a socialist whose famous plays include Man and…

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OPINION: The case for amending the state constitution — again

By Leah Byers, John Locke Foundation As conservatives, we cannot overstate the importance of both the U.S. and North Carolina constitutions. Those documents set the framework for our government, with any additional laws or regulations falling within those parameters. Our system of self-governance allows for those documents to be amended, and the time to do…

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OPINON: Labor Force Shouldn’t Be Shrinking

By JOHN HOOD North Carolina’s economy has enjoyed a substantial recovery from the depths of the Great Suppression — that is, from the COVID-19 downturn of 2020. Most businesses are back up and operating. So are schools and universities. More employees than ever before are working from home. That’s had positive consequences for worker satisfaction…

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