NC SPIN Posts by John Hood






State voters still closely split

In North Carolina, political power is divided. Republicans control the state legislature, although without the supermajorities they once enjoyed. Democrats occupy such jobs as governor and attorney...    Read More

by John Hood   |   April 4, 2019

Education needs choice and competition

As a policy analyst and opinion journalist, I have spent much of my career advocating the expansion of choice and competition in education. I purposefully use both of those terms, because I think that...    Read More

by John Hood   |   April 4, 2019


Be prudent with state budget

When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released revised employment data a few days ago, North Carolina got some unwelcome news. After years of outpacing the national and regional averages in job...    Read More

by John Hood   |   March 28, 2019

Lawmakers can reduce healthcare costs

Health care costs too much. Are we agreed? Great. Perhaps now we can discuss the more interesting question of what policymakers should do about the problem. There are dozens of different proposals to...    Read More

by John Hood   |   March 28, 2019

Special elections won't be 2018 rerun

Democrats made substantial gains in the 2018 elections, both in the U.S. House and in state offices. They did so primarily by running against the incumbent president, as is usually true for midterm...    Read More

by John Hood   |   March 21, 2019


State continues to expand freedom

While election scandals, national issues, and candidate announcements for 2019 and 2020 races have dominated the political headlines, North Carolina is continuing to head in the direction of greater...    Read More

by John Hood   |   March 21, 2019