What comes after Obamacare?

by John Hood Obamacare is going to collapse. North Carolina officials and citizens need to start thinking about what comes next. While technical glitches on the health-insurance exchanges are getting a lot of attention, that’s not the real problem the so-called Affordable Care...

Show the real report card

By John Hood Have you ever seen a bad grade on your child’s report card and then gotten angry at the school for sending you the report card? Of course not. Like it or not, you need to know how your child is really doing so you can do something about it. North Carolinians are...

The Right Way to Cut Taxes

By John Hood If your goal is to foster economic growth and job creation, there’s a right way and a wrong way to cut taxes on business. Fortunately, Pat McCrory and the General Assembly made the right choice. The wrong way is to offer tax credits or other targeted incentives to...

The crystal ball stays hidden

by John Hood If you are absolutely sure what is going to happen in next year’s midterm elections, my advice is to keep it confidential, tell just a few key folks, let them be awestruck by your prescience on Election Day 2014. And then start a political-intelligence firm. You’ll...

New budget repairs balance sheet

by John Hood As Democrats and Republicans debated North Carolina’s recently approved state budget, they devoted much of their attention to the income statement of state government. They argued about next year’s revenues and expenditures. What didn’t get nearly as much attention...