NC SPIN Posts by John Hood


Let's Reform Judicial Elections

North Carolina policymakers will have a lot on their plate in 2013. The General Assembly will tackle education reform, a rewrite of the state tax code, the unemployment-insurance debt, and other...    Read More

by John Hood   |   January 9, 2013

Two State Decisions on Health Care

Politicians of all parties, at all levels of government, have been debating health care virtually nonstop since the early 1990s. If you’re tired of hearing about it, I have some bad news for you...    Read More

by John Hood   |   December 27, 2012


Let's Focus on Job Creation

It’s about time for New Year’s resolutions. My recommendation for North Carolina politicians of all stripes is to resolve to focus their attention, rhetoric, and legislation on reducing the ranks...    Read More

by John Hood   |   December 20, 2012

Time to Step Up

Newly elected Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the newly reelected Republican legislature may have an ambitious agenda for dramatically cutting taxes or adding new programs to the state budget. But...    Read More

by John Hood   |   December 13, 2012

Here Comes Pat

With Pat McCrory not yet inaugurated as the next governor of North Carolina, there is already a conventional wisdom about his administration – that he will have to choose “which Pat” will move...    Read More

by John Hood   |   December 6, 2012


Reform Taxes and Education

Two of the top issues facing new North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly in 2013 are tax reform and education reform. For the performance of North Carolina’s economy to improve...    Read More

by John Hood   |   November 20, 2012

North Carolina Votes for Change

For all the time, energy, and money spent on federal campaigns over the past two years, American voters decided not to make any significant changes. They reelected President Barack Obama, albeit with...    Read More

by John Hood   |   November 7, 2012

NC Needs More Competition

Competition is an indispensable tool for promoting efficiency, innovation, and excellence. Its virtues are evident in virtually every field of human endeavor, including commerce, athletics, science...    Read More

by John Hood   |   October 25, 2012


The Regulatory Burden Soars

RALEIGH — As Democrats and Republicans in this election year continue to debate the optimal level, type, and distribution of the tax burden, they are paying insufficient attention to what I believe...    Read More

by John Hood   |   October 18, 2012