John Locke Foundation Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s latest Forbes column focuses on the continuing battle for a more competitive health care market in North Carolina. Restrepo recently testified about certificate-of-need reform for the N.C. Senate Health Committee. The Kernersville News published her column on recent developments in state certificate-of-need reform.

The Triangle Business Journal interviewed Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders for an article about North Carolina’s overly aggressive occupational licensing regime. The Gaston Gazette promoted Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s column panning Gaston County commissioners’ decision to award themselves lifetime health insurance benefits. The N.C. Spin website picked up Curry’s “Locker Room” blog entry on state revenue increasing by 2.2 percent. N.C. Senate Republicans noted in their daily press email Curry’s column on making state parks self-sustainable. Curry participates today in a tax reform panel for the Heritage Foundation’s Resource Bank.

The N.C. Spin site also highlighted Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops‘ column on N.C. students’ poor performance on history, geography, and civics tests. A Raleigh News and Observer op-ed column cited JLF support for a legislative proposal to transfer misdemeanor crimes involving 16- and 17-year-old defendants from adult courts to the juvenile system. promoted Roy Cordato’s research newsletter on the solar energy industry’s reliance on taxpayer subsidies. A widely circulated “net metering” newsletter from the Edison Electric Institute cited Cordato’s recent column panning a bill to encourage third-party electricity sales in North Carolina.