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JLF’s Mission: The John Locke Foundation employs research, journalism, and outreach programs to transform government through competition, innovation, personal freedom, and personal responsibility. JLF seeks a better balance between the public sector and private institutions of family, faith, community, and enterprise.

The Left wants more executive power, but that pesky Supreme Court stands in their way.
The Left wants more executive power, but that pesky Supreme Court stands in their way.
 
The National Education Association’s 2022 “Rankings and Estimates” report included an average teacher salary figure that was significantly lower than the $55,905 average reported by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The National Education Association’s 2022 “Rankings and Estimates” report included an average teacher salary figure that was significantly lower than the $55,905 average reported by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
 
It’s budget season for North Carolina’s local governments, and some officials are taking the opportunity to propose tax increases yet again.
It’s budget season for North Carolina’s local governments, and some officials are taking the opportunity to propose tax increases yet again.
 
Last week the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) declared the average teacher in North Carolina earned about $55,905 in 2021-22.
Last week the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) declared the average teacher in North Carolina earned about $55,905 in 2021-22.
 
During the Covid pandemic, government concocted many costly, “temporary” policies
During the Covid pandemic, government concocted many costly, “temporary” policies
 
A privilege license tax is essentially a tax imposed for the privilege of conducting business in the state.
A privilege license tax is essentially a tax imposed for the privilege of conducting business in the state.
 
The current spike in homicides and other violent crime has created an urgent need for more and better policing
The current spike in homicides and other violent crime has created an urgent need for more and better policing
 
Yesterday, Politico published a draft opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and today the court confirmed that the leaked document is genuine.
Yesterday, Politico published a draft opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and today the court confirmed that the leaked document is genuine.
 
Economic equality is an unattainable goal – and that’s the point.
 
On Tuesday, Special Superior Court Judge Michael Robinson issued an order stating that the state budget fell short of the Leandro comprehensive remedial plan by $785 million.
On Tuesday, Special Superior Court Judge Michael Robinson issued an order stating that the state budget fell short of the Leandro comprehensive remedial plan by $785 million.
 
Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget was released last week.
Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget was released last week.
 
Sam Wang's Statistical Analysis Led to a Court's Rejection of the General Assembly's Remedial Congressional Map
 
This past week about 99.9% of people in NC were estimated to pose no threat of passing along Covid-19 to anyone.
This past week about 99.9% of people in NC were estimated to pose no threat of passing along Covid-19 to anyone.
 
McCrae Dowless, the man at the heart of an alleged ballot trafficking (also known as ballot harvesting) scheme that resulted in an overturned congressional election, died on Sunday, April 24.
McCrae Dowless, the man at the heart of an alleged ballot trafficking (also known as ballot harvesting) scheme that resulted in an overturned congressional election, died on Sunday, April 24.
 
The American Legislative Exchange Council just released its 2022 “Rich States, Poor States” report.
The American Legislative Exchange Council just released its 2022 “Rich States, Poor States” report.
 
Christmas came early this year for Coloradans. Yesterday’s Denver Post read: “single filers will get $400 and joint filers will get $800 this summer in money the state must refund as a result of the voter-approved Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.”
Christmas came early this year for Coloradans. Yesterday’s Denver Post read: “single filers will get $400 and joint filers will get $800 this summer in money the state must refund as a result of the voter-approved Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.”
 
The rarely noticed North Carolina Textbook Commission is having a moment. Last week, Club for Growth Action aired a campaign advertisement supporting Rep. Ted Budd that referenced a long-forgotten blog post I wrote in 2014.
The rarely noticed North Carolina Textbook Commission is having a moment. Last week, Club for Growth Action aired a campaign advertisement supporting Rep. Ted Budd that referenced a long-forgotten blog post I wrote in 2014.
 
Last week, the John Locke Foundation released “A Parents’ Bill of Rights for North Carolina.”
Last week, the John Locke Foundation released “A Parents’ Bill of Rights for North Carolina.”
 
In July, the N.C. State Board of Education approved the remaining supplementary materials accompanying revised social studies standards approved earlier this year.
In July, the N.C. State Board of Education approved the remaining supplementary materials accompanying revised social studies standards approved earlier this year.
 
According to this article published in The Center Square, investments from China held $2 billion worth of American farmland in 2020, up tenfold in just a decade.
According to this article published in The Center Square, investments from China held $2 billion worth of American farmland in 2020, up tenfold in just a decade.
 
New Civitas Poll shows 54% believe Biden has hurt the economy
 
The voter ID constitutional amendment may be a key issue in North Carolina Supreme Court elections this fall
The voter ID constitutional amendment may be a key issue in North Carolina Supreme Court elections this fall
 
If all goes as planned, Wake County voters will be asked to approve a nearly $900 million bond referendum this November.
If all goes as planned, Wake County voters will be asked to approve a nearly $900 million bond referendum this November.
 
The deadline for filing taxes was yesterday, but Americans continue to pay a steep tax every day – inflation.
The deadline for filing taxes was yesterday, but Americans continue to pay a steep tax every day – inflation.
 
The John Locke Foundation believes it is the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of our children.
The John Locke Foundation believes it is the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of our children.
 
Right-to-Work laws, which simply state that employees can not be compelled to belong to or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment, are decidedly pro-worker and pro-growth.
Right-to-Work laws, which simply state that employees can not be compelled to belong to or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment, are decidedly pro-worker and pro-growth.
 
I strongly oppose proposed rules that would impose onerous and ultimately harmful requirements for competitive grants under the federal Charter Schools Program.
I strongly oppose proposed rules that would impose onerous and ultimately harmful requirements for competitive grants under the federal Charter Schools Program.
 
North Carolina’s employment situation improved once again last month as the unemployment rate decreased to 3.5% for March according to the latest data from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
North Carolina’s employment situation improved once again last month as the unemployment rate decreased to 3.5% for March according to the latest data from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
 
A tweet went viral this week of a San Fransisco Walgreens store that appears to have nearly everything under lock-and-key.
A tweet went viral this week of a San Fransisco Walgreens store that appears to have nearly everything under lock-and-key.
 
Today Judge Michael Robinson held his first substantive hearing as the presiding judge in the long-running Leandro school funding case.
Today Judge Michael Robinson held his first substantive hearing as the presiding judge in the long-running Leandro school funding case.
 
Meadow's case highlights the need for North Carolina to join interstate voter data sharing compact
Meadow's case highlights the need for North Carolina to join interstate voter data sharing compact
 
That nod to the famous line from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist may be what some Wake County commissioners are thinking after learning that Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Superintendent Cathy Moore is asking Wake County Commissioners for approximately $600 million
That nod to the famous line from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist may be what some Wake County commissioners are thinking after learning that Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Superintendent Cathy Moore is asking Wake County Commissioners for approximately $600 million
 
The John Locke Foundation offers a Parents’ Bill of Rights to reassert parental authority over their child’s education
The John Locke Foundation offers a Parents’ Bill of Rights to reassert parental authority over their child’s education
 
With only six weeks till North Carolina’s primary election, legislative and congressional candidates have been working on getting as much attention to their campaign as possible to represent their party this November.
With only six weeks till North Carolina’s primary election, legislative and congressional candidates have been working on getting as much attention to their campaign as possible to represent their party this November.
 
All economic activity is planned. Buying, selling, saving, investing, and all other activities are the result of someone’s plan.
All economic activity is planned. Buying, selling, saving, investing, and all other activities are the result of someone’s plan.
 
What were the results of states’ actions to mitigate COVID-19?
 
Some numbers on the attempt by progressives to defeat Madison Cawthorn in the Republican primary
Some numbers on the attempt by progressives to defeat Madison Cawthorn in the Republican primary
 
A recent YouGov survey finds that a solid majority of Republicans distrust every source other than Fox News, and even Fox barely breaks the 50% level. Democrats, on the other hand, seem to think most media outlets are pretty trustworthy.
A recent YouGov survey finds that a solid majority of Republicans distrust every source other than Fox News, and even Fox barely breaks the 50% level. Democrats, on the other hand, seem to think most media outlets are pretty trustworthy.
 
This week, the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC), a commission created by legislation in 2017 to advise the State Board of Education on establishing high standards for educators, presented a comprehensive teacher pay proposal
This week, the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC), a commission created by legislation in 2017 to advise the State Board of Education on establishing high standards for educators, presented a comprehensive teacher pay proposal
 
The two-witness requirement is a vital part of protecting your vote but witnesses must respect the privacy of that vote
The two-witness requirement is a vital part of protecting your vote but witnesses must respect the privacy of that vote
 
North Carolina continues to create businesses at a rapid pace. Thanks to conservative policies, more individuals are empowered to identify market opportunities and bear the uncertainty that comes with starting a business.
North Carolina continues to create businesses at a rapid pace. Thanks to conservative policies, more individuals are empowered to identify market opportunities and bear the uncertainty that comes with starting a business.
 
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