• John Locke Update

    Medicaid Enrollment Numbers Call for Caution in State Spending

    posted September 24, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    Medicaid enrollment is up across the country, including North Carolina, which means costs are up, too. States don't have the flexibility to borrow and print money as the federal government does, so planning for the future is especially important when facing economic uncertainty.
  • John Locke Update

    By Gov. Cooper’s own standards, NC should be open

    posted September 21, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Remember Cooper's supposed "metrics" for reopening? According to the very standards the governor set, North Carolina should be open and back to business.
  • John Locke Update

    Not-quite-the-budget session begins today

    posted September 2, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Yesterday, NC legislators described their plan to use more than $1 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Today, they will provide legislation and vote on it. But some differences between the governor's plan and the legislature's plan are already apparent.
  • John Locke Update

    What does the science say about Cooper forcing healthy people to wear masks?

    posted August 31, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    There's no science that supports Cooper's idea that asymptomatic people are the most infectious people. Your risk from a brief encounter with someone at a grocery store, someone walking from the door to the restaurant table, or someone going past on a public sidewalk is indistinguishable from zero.
  • John Locke Update

    State budget review and preview

    posted August 26, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Lacking any guidance from Congress on the Coronavirus Relief Fund question, budget decisions will continue to be made in a fog of uncertainty. It underscores the need for even more spending restraint than the General Assembly has demonstrated since 2011.
  • John Locke Update

    Report Calls for Medical Licensure Reform in the Wake of COVID-19

    posted August 24, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    COVID-19 revealed severe issues in the U.S. health care system, including the distribution of health care professionals and the restrictions we put on those professionals. The report calls for a massive overhaul of how states educate and credential health care professionals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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