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Getting more than you pay for

Free & Clear: “You get what you pay for” sounds like good advice. Its persuasive appeal explains why so many use it, from helpful grandpas to ambitious politicians.

2013-10

Call it what it is

Up Front: Republicans now rule state government, and they’re using voter suppression to retain rather than regain power.

2013-09

Lessons from the session

Free & Clear: North Carolina adopted more free-market and conservative reforms than any other state has done in a single year.

2013-09

Business changes course on education

Capital GoodsTop business leaders have fewer long-standing ties to North Carolina and public education in the state.

2013-09

Focus on the homefront

Capital Goods: The Republican-controlled General Assembly clearly sees local government, in general, and city government, in particular, as too big for their britches

2013-08

What's the big idea?

Free & Clear: Over the past four decades, ideas such as deregulating markets and adopting pro-growth tax codes have become increasingly powerful in public policy.

2013-08

Mill work

Up Front: Life in northeastern North Carolina.

2013-07

Solving the economic puzzle

Free & Clear: To pretend that private capital formation is the only thing that matters in economic growth is like crowing after solving only one side of a Rubik’s Cube.

2013-07

Outside perspective

Capital Goods: Just talk of eliminating incentives may have cost the state business, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker told lawmakers.

2013-07

Paper trails

Up Front: Remembering the daily newspaper.

2013-06

Expirations on regulations

Free & Clear: If your goal is to reduce the overall weight of government regulation, sunset provisions are crucial. Rules should linger no longer than they’re needed.

2013-06

Sweepstakes industry pays to play

Capital Goods: By deed if not word, part of the state’s political leadership appears to be whispering to the video-gambling industry, “Don’t go. We really don’t mean it.”

2013-06

Gain in pain

Up Front: We could use a bit more honesty when assessing work performance.

2013-05

Seeing what we want to see

Free & Clear: Politicians and activists tend to see other yards as green or brown depending on which color would be most convenient for their arguments.

2013-05

Health care's need-to-know basis

Capital Goods: Relaxing certificate-of-need requirements is just one way GOP legislators seem intent on creating something resembling a free market for health care.

2013-05

Being Trumped

Up Front: Donald Trump woos to make a favorable impression of his new Mooresville course.

2013-04

Will shale gas lift the economy?

Capital Goods: Even if North Carolina's natural gas reserves far exceed current estimates, the larger issue of supply could affect the state’s energy future in the short term.

2013-04

Time to tend to family business

Free & Clear: Higher rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births raise the cost of government and, thus, act as a drag on economic growth.

2013-04

Dems' sum isn't very filling

Capital Goods: To change the direction campaign money is flowing, Democrats must do more than just hope the GOP loses its way by tacking too far to the right. 

2013-03

There is no Popish plot

Free & Clear: Neither Art Pope nor any of the John Locke Foundation’s donors has any editorial control over what I write or say. The same  goes for the governor.

2013-03