NC SPIN Posts by John Hood

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

For Good Public Policy Health

With health care issues playing an outsized role in North Carolina politics right now, I strongly urge Carolina Journal readers to put John Goodman’s recent book Priceless: Curing the Healthcare...    Read More

by John Hood   |   February 13, 2013


What They Think They Know

Some of the faulty “knowledge” comes from long memories. People remember things that may have been true sometime in the past, but aren’t anymore. For example, many North Carolinians still cling...    Read More

by John Hood   |   February 6, 2013