Gov. Pat McCrory joined John Locke Foundation President John Hood, state legislative leaders, and representatives of national business and legislative groups for a JLF-sponsored Tax Day news conference touting the benefits of North Carolina’s 2013 tax reform package. WTVD and Time Warner Cable News provided live coverage of the event. Both outlets also featured Hood and JLF in their coverage of the event, as did WRAL Television and the Associated Press. The News & Observer, WNCN Television, and WUNC Radio also covered the event. The National Federation of Independent Business featured video of the news conference on the NFIB website, and the Pan Am Post cited JLF and Carolina Journal in coverage of the event.

Hood discussed tax reform and teacher pay during a conversation with Henry Hinton on WTIB Radio. JLF Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops discussed teacher pay issues during his latest appearance with Bill LuMaye on Talk Radio WPTF. Stoops discussed school choice and the legal challenge against opportunity scholarships with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio.” Stoops questioned Wake County public school officials’ plea for teacher pay raises during an appearance on WTVD. CJ Managing Editor Rick Henderson joins LuMaye this afternoon to discuss the week’s top CJ stories and electoral news.

TWC News’ statewide “Capital Tonight” audience heard expert analysis this week from JLF Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders on the topic of state film incentives. WNCN Television interviewed Director of Communications Mitch Kokai about the impact of the state tax code on same-sex couples. Kokai discussed tax reform and film incentives with Curtis Wright on WMYT Radio.

Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray continues twice-weekly politics and public policy updates for WTSB Radio listeners and also joined Bill Moore on WRCS. Gray discussed state election law changes in a presentation for the Vance County Republican Party. She also participated in a Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce panel discussion about the upcoming state legislative session. The Fayetteville Observer noted Gray’s recent keynote address to the Cumberland County Republican Women’s Club.

Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo discussed Obamacare enrollment numbers, the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board, and alternatives to the Affordable Care Act during a speech to a Civitan group in Raleigh. Speaking of public presentations, the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” blog promoted Duke University research scholar Chris Conover’s speech this week to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society.