Michael Lowrey

Michael Lowrey is a contributor to Carolina Journal and a policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation.

Lowrey has written numerous articles for the foundation on topics such as economic policy, education, welfare, and transportation. His work has appeared in over 100 newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer of Raleigh, and The News and Record of Greensboro.

He is also the author or co-author of several Locke policy reports, including the yearly By The Numbers: Comparing the Cost of Local Government in North Carolina series and Flex Growth: A smarter option for North Carolina communities (2012).

Posts by Michael Lowrey (page 1)

  • Charlotte – San Jose, CA flights to return in 2017

    The good: From May 5th to August 21st, American Airlines will be offering a nonstop service between Charlotte (CLT) and San Jose, CA (SJC). The flight to California leaves Charlotte at 6:20pm and gets into San Jose at 8:50pm. The return flight from San Jose to the Queen City is…
    Michael Lowrey, December 31, 2016
  • One of these things is not like the other…

    Headlines currently on the Charlotte Observer’s website: • 2016: Year of the Crane. 2017: Year of the Ribbon-cutting (and more cranes) • State population map: NC among fastest-growing states • Belk Bowl’s economic impact a rare bright spot after HB2 losses…
    Michael Lowrey, December 29, 2016
  • Ford to run against Roberts for Charlotte mayor?

    Given Jennifer Robert’s less than stellar record as mayor of Charlotte, it’s hardly surprising that she might face opposition when she’s up for reelection next year. The Charlotte Observer reports that Democratic state Sen. Joel Ford is considering challenging Roberts. Sample quote: “We need a mayor who will focus…
    Michael Lowrey, December 6, 2016
  • Another $1 billion+ stadium proposal that includes public money

    This time in Oakland, in an attempt to keep the Raiders in town. Per the San Francisco Chronicle: With the clock ticking, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is betting big that a combination of $600 million in private money from Ronnie Lott’s investment group, $200 million in public…
    Michael Lowrey, December 1, 2016
  • Lawsuit against Anthony Foxx to go to trial

    Next year. The basics from the Charlotte Observer: A lawsuit alleging U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx performed little to no work in a past job at defunct Charlotte bus maker DesignLine will continue to move forward after an effort to settle the case in mediation failed. The mediation took…
    Michael Lowrey, November 30, 2016
  • Meanwhile in Minnesota…

    From Reason’s Eric Boehm: Six government appointees, including the son of a vice president, who negotiated how much public money would be spent building the Minnesota Vikings’ new football stadium get free access to luxury boxes for all events in the stadium. Which, you know, might call into question…
    Michael Lowrey, November 29, 2016
  • Spaceflight is hard, example #34,108

    Per Spaceflight Now: One second of faulty data led to the destruction of a European spacecraft on final descent to Mars last month, officials said Wednesday. An unexplained error in the Schiaparelli lander’s Inertial Measurement Unit, or IMU, fed incorrect data into the craft’s navigation computer, causing the…
    Michael Lowrey, November 25, 2016
  • About those ‘shy’ Trump supporters

    One theory about why Donald Trump did better on election day than pre-election polls had suggested is that some people were too “shy” (embarrassed?) to admit to a pollster that they were going to vote for Trump. Harry Enten of Fivethirtyeight.com says that the evidence just doesn’t support that…
    Michael Lowrey, November 23, 2016