A pair of recent Sanford Herald editorials cited work from John Locke Foundation researchers. One editorial noted Roy Cordato‘s recent book chapter on tax reform and the proposed USA Tax on consumed income. (Dr. Roy Cordato, the John Locke Foundation’s Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar, is releasing a new book, First in Freedom: Transforming Ideas into Consequences for North Carolina. Dr. Cordato says an outside analysis shows a consumption tax replacing the state’s income, corporate, sales, and estate taxes could produce 80,500 new jobs in the first year, and boost the economy by $11.76 billion. )

The second Herald editorial highlighted Jon Sanders‘ new report targeting North Carolina’s aggressive approach to occupational licensing rules. (A just-released report by Jon Sanders, Director of Regulatory Studies at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, makes it clear that current occupational licensing requirements should deeply concern state lawmakers interested in improving the state’s employment situation and overall economy.) The Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” also promoted Sanders’ research.

In addition to the Sanford newspaper, a McDowell News editorial cited JLF President John Hood. (Instant runoff voting (IRV) has support from across the political spectrum, including the backing of John Hood, president ofthe conservative John Locke Foundation, and Anita Earls, voting rights attorney and director of the left-leaning Southern Coalition for Social Justice.)