NC SPIN Posts by John Hood

Disability Model Isn’t Working

I’m glad to see news reporters and policy analysts devoting increasing attention to a subject Carolina Journal readers will find familiar: the role that public policy plays in discouraging work. A...    Read More

by John Hood   |   April 17, 2013

Parents Should Make the Choice

In education policy, America sticks out like a sore thumb when compared with our international competitors. Make that two sore thumbs, actually. In both funding and administration, our education...    Read More

by John Hood   |   April 2, 2013

A Modest Proposal on Electric Power

Sometimes, despite good intentions, we just get things wrong. That’s what happened in 2007, when the North Carolina legislature enacted a bill to force electric utilities to buy “renewable...    Read More

by John Hood   |   March 21, 2013


Don’t Plan for Failure

Any plan for rejuvenating North Carolina’s economy by drawing down and spending more federal money is a plan for failure. At most, it would generate a ripple of economic activity in the short run...    Read More

by John Hood   |   March 19, 2013

All in the Families

In the aftermath of the Blueprint NC imbroglio, there has a new wave of political and media attention devoted to North Carolina think tanks, policy centers, and activist groups. The attention is...    Read More

by John Hood   |   March 12, 2013

Updating NC Job Numbers

Has North Carolina’s economy turned the corner? It depends on how you define “turn the corner.” And it depends on what measure you choose. In politics, the measure that typically gets the most...    Read More

by John Hood   |   March 5, 2013


A Meltdown Over Medicaid

Furious that Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led legislature has turned down the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, Democratic lawmakers, liberal scholars, and left-wing activists have...    Read More

by John Hood   |   February 21, 2013

Two Views of the NC Economy

North Carolina’s lackluster economy is the top political issue. Voters who pay scant attention to legislative sessions and partisan dust-ups in Raleigh view state leaders primarily through the...    Read More

by John Hood   |   February 19, 2013

Saying No is a Start

Now that the North Carolina legislature has sent a clear signal that it opposes both Medicaid expansion and a state-based health exchange, the state capital is abuzz with complaints and speculations...    Read More

by John Hood   |   February 18, 2013


Why Raleigh Told Washington No

Now that the General Assembly has made it clear North Carolina will not set up state insurance exchanges or expand Medicaid under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, I’m going to remind Carolina...    Read More

by John Hood   |   February 15, 2013