Budgets

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    Poor families hurt as regulations make child care harder to find and afford

    Deregulation offers a better, lower-cost way to expand access to out-of-home childcare than larger federal government subsidies, Ryan Bourne explains at Governing online. Easing regulations would address the underlying question: “Why is child care so expensive?” Staff-child ratio rules and worker-qualification requirements, in particular, increase prices and reduce availability,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 20, 2018
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    The Senate and spending gridlock

    Susan Ferrechio writes for the Washington Examiner that the upper chamber of Congress could take an important action this week. Lawmakers agreed to begin debate on a bill that would fund the nation’s massive defense budget as well as the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and…
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2018
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    Digging a deeper financial hole

    James Capretta of the American Enterprise Institute highlights a little-noticed report on federal government finances. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released new budget forecasts this summer that show the nation falling into an ever deeper financial hole. Unfortunately, very few…
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2018
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    LISTEN HERE: Head Locke Episode 24: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    Listen here to Head Locke podcast episode 24 for a discussion on transportation with special guest, summer intern Evan Norfleet. Few things affect our daily life more than transportation. And the N.C. Department of Transportation spends billions in taxpayer dollars every year to ensure that the state’s transportation infrastructure…
    Anna Manning, August 9, 2018
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    Garland Tucker: Why can’t Congress shrink the government?

    John Locke Foundation’s Garland Tucker was featured in The Daily Caller answering the question “Why can’t Congress shrink the government?” Garland uses the current debate over reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program to explain this situation. The program was enacted in 1968 in response to escalating premiums…
    Anna Manning, August 9, 2018
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    Daily Journal: Federal reform boosts state economy

    John Hood writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal that the federal tax reform enacted by Congress and signed by President Trump will enhance economic growth for the nation as a whole, and for North Carolina in particular. Slashing America’s relatively high taxes on corporate income will encourage more domestic investment,…
    Anna Manning, August 6, 2018
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    SPOTLIGHT REPORT: North Carolina Budget Fiscal Year 2018-19

    Read JLF senior fellow Joe Coletti’s spotlight report on the details of the North Carolina 2018-19 budget here.  For a second straight year, state legislators overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto to enact a state budget. The $23.9 billion General Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 is 3.85 percent larger…
    Anna Manning, August 6, 2018
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    How to avoid pension entanglements with ICE

    New York’s state comptroller divested that state’s pension funds from two private prison companies that operate immigration detention centers. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System faced pressure from “hundreds of educators” among its 933,410 members to do the same, but has opted to keep its investment and “to communicate with…
    Joseph Coletti, August 6, 2018