Brian Balfour

Senior Vice President of Research
Brian is Senior Vice President of Research at the John Locke Foundation

Posts by Brian Balfour (page 1)

  • National Worker Shortage: Where Does NC Rank?

    New research produced by Pew Trusts describes the breadth and severity of the nation’s worker shortage: A record number of job openings and fewer workers to fill them have left 42 states with more available jobs than people looking for work, according to a Stateline analysis of…
    Brian Balfour, November 12, 2021
  • Covid Vaccine for Kids: Know the Facts

    With children ages 5-11 newly eligible for the Covid vaccine, Gov. Roy Cooper declared that getting your young children vaccinated is “the responsible thing to do.” “The responsible thing to do, when you’ve got all these clinical trials that have occurred, when you know the risk…
    Brian Balfour, November 5, 2021
  • Legislation to Avoid Tax Hike on Employers Advances

    While the ongoing state budget negotiations mean we must continue to await the fate of proposed cuts to personal and corporate income tax rates, legislation that would allow job creators to avoid a tax hike appears poised for approval. From Business NC:…
    Brian Balfour, November 4, 2021
  • Biden Admin Already Taxing Those Making Under $400k

    As negotiations continue on President Biden’s budget-busting infrastructure (and more) spending plan, one thing has remained constant: Biden’s promise to not raise taxes on anyone making under $400,000. But as anyone buying gas, groceries, or virtually anything else could tell you, we…
    Brian Balfour, October 29, 2021
  • NC Policy Watch Claims That Inflation, Empty Shelves Reduce Poverty

    A recent post by the far-left NC Policy Watch claimed in the headline: “Throwing money at the problem of poverty actually works.” No, that’s not a headline from The Onion or Babylon Bee. They’re serious. The famous 19th Century French economist Frederic Bastiat…
    Brian Balfour, October 21, 2021
  • Wind Energy’s Problems Reach Well Beyond the Threat to Wildlife

    As reported in the N&O: A team of scientists led by Duke University researchers will set out to determine the risk offshore wind turbines could pose to birds, fish and marine mammals with the support of a U.S. Department of Energy grant. The $7.5 million grant…
    Brian Balfour, October 19, 2021
  • New Report: 97% of ARPA Funds Not Spent

    A new report released by the Reason Foundation finds that just a small fraction of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds directed to state and local governments has been spent. State and local governments have spent very little of the federal aid they allocated under…
    Brian Balfour, October 12, 2021
  • Cooper Celebrates “Manufacturing Week” With More Hypocrisy

    Gov. Roy Cooper yesterday declared this to be “North Carolina Manufacturing Week.” At the same time, he also demonstrated yet again his blatant hypocrisy on “corporate tax breaks.” Over the years, Cooper has relentlessly railed against “corporate tax giveaways,” an evil upon…
    Brian Balfour, September 29, 2021