As the N.C. House started its debate on a new two-year state budget plan, the John Locke Foundation’s research staff, led by Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry, released an alternative budget proposal that spent roughly $125 million less than Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan over two years, and far less than the House’s proposal. and N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email promoted the JLF budget.

The Triangle Business Journal interviewed Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders about efforts to cap and sunset North Carolina’s renewable energy mandate. The N.C. Spin website and the Senate GOP promoted Sanders’ “Locker Room” blog entry on the House budget’s provision supporting extension of state government giveaways to the film industry.

An Asheboro Courier-Tribune column cited Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops‘ recent observations about poor public school student test scores in civics. and N.C. Senate Republicans promoted Stoops’ column on high points from the N.C. House’s education budget. The Courier-Tribune also cited Director of Legal Studies Jon Guze‘s analysis of recent developments in civil asset forfeiture.

The N.C. Spin website promoted Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s recent Forbes column on health care competition. highlighted Restrepo’s research newsletter on the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on Obamacare subsidies. The Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” blog promoted Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s recent report urging N.C. lawmakers to end all targeted tax incentive programs.