Forbes readers had a chance to peruse two columns in the past week from John Locke Foundation Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo. One distinguished Medicaid reform from Medicaid expansion, while the other explained how a Supreme Court ruling against Obamacare subsidies would lead to an “upheaval” in North Carolina’s insurance market.
The Raleigh News & Observer interviewed Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops this week for articles about the Wake County public school system’s plan to grant teacher tenure and the Wake system’s complaints about new letter grades for each public school. Director of Education Outreach Lindalyn Kakadelis discussed the new school grades with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF Radio. NCPoliticalNews.com promoted Stoops’ column demonstrating that there’s no direct link between school spending and rankings of schools’ effectiveness. The Lady Liberty 1885 blog publicized Stoops’ ideas about N.C. charter schools.
A Durham Herald-Sun article about the debate over state historic preservation tax credits cited Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s research report on the topic. NCPoliticalNews.com and N.C. Senate Republicans promoted the news release detailing Curry’s work. The Kernersville News published her column on efforts to improve the state budget process.
The Kernersville News also picked up Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ column on taxpayer handouts for the solar industry and Director of Legal Studies Jon Guze‘s column on recent good news about federal civil-asset forfeiture enforcement. Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel interviewed Sanders about the prospects for energy-related drilling off the N.C. coast.
The Daily Tar Heel also interviewed Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato about the federal budget deficit. The Lumberton Robesonian published Cordato’s column on a “general interest” effect that stymies efforts to promote free markets and limited government. The Robesonian also picked up Cordato’s research newsletter panning targeted tax incentives. NCPoliticalNews.com and the Master Resource blog took note of that “general interest” column.
The Richmond County Daily Journal cited a 2007 JLF report in an article about efforts to protect N.C. property owners from eminent domain abuse. (In 2007, conservative think tank The John Locke Foundation published a report calling for reform. “North Carolina’s constitution has the weakest property rights protections in the country,” the report states. “It is the only state in the country that does not have an express constitutional provision that limits the taking of private property for a public use with just compensation.”)