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)

  • Is North Carolina the Worst Place to Work in America?

    If you believe the recently released “report” by Oxfam America, North Carolina is the worst state for workers in the U.S. Oxfam is described as “a national charity organization that focuses on labor policy and human rights.” But their report gets things completely backward. And in an attempt to…
    Brian Balfour, September 7, 2021
  • Two House Budget Provisions That Should Not Make it To Conference Committee

    As the House finalizes the votes on their budget plan (see a general overview here), there are a couple provisions receiving little fanfare that should not be included when the conference committee hammers out its final budget proposal: Establishment of a state government run retirement plan for private…
    Brian Balfour, August 12, 2021
  • Is a Lack of Childcare to Blame for Unemployment?

    As employers – largely in the service sector – continue to struggle to find willing workers, much of the blame is being placed on the extended, supplementary federal unemployment benefits. Why return to work when you can receive as much, or nearly…
    Brian Balfour, August 3, 2021
  • Why North Carolina Needs a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, in One Chart

    Conservative legislative leadership has held state spending growth in check over the last decade. This is a good thing, meaning that you are keeping and making decisions over more of the money you earn, and the government’s sway over the economy is smaller than it was…
    Brian Balfour, July 21, 2021
  • Economic Rorschach Test

    In psychology, a Rorschach test is one in which the patient is presented with a series of inkblot images, and how the patients perceive the images helps inform the psychologist about the patients’ personality characteristics and emotional functioning. Similarly, a chart accompanying a recent…
    Brian Balfour, July 14, 2021
  • Former McCrory Commerce Pick Advocates for Medicaid Expansion

    Sharon Decker, NC Department of Commerce secretary during the McCrory administration in 2013-14, authored this editorial recently published at Decker attempts to make the case for North Carolina to expand Medicaid, focusing her argument on the potential economic benefits to the state. She begins her…
    Brian Balfour, July 13, 2021
  • State-Run Retirement Plans for Private Sector Workers?

    There’s no doubt that the federal and state governments have far exceeded their core, constitutionally-established functions. HB 899, North Carolina Work and Save, would unfortunately continue that trend, and should be stopped. The bill would establish a retirement fund to be managed and administered by the…
    Brian Balfour, July 2, 2021
  • Another Expensive Press Release From Roy Cooper

    At $50,000,  compared to the $875 million press release issued for the massive Apple taxpayer giveaway, this press release was somewhat cheap. Elkay Manufacturing, a leading producer of sinks and water delivery products, will expand its operations in Robeson County, leading to…
    Brian Balfour, July 1, 2021