As left-of-center activists and advocates continue to push North Carolina’s elected officials to expand the troubled Medicaid program, the John Locke Foundation argues for an alternative course. Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo rebutted the pleas for Medicaid expansion in an article published in both the Charlotte Observer and News & Observer. Meanwhile, the Heartland Institute published Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s article about the impact of Medicaid uncertainty on North Carolina’s state budget.

The Salisbury Post picked up Curry’s column on the University of North Carolina budget. The Kernersville News and Lumberton Robesonian published Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops‘ column on a court ruling challenging North Carolina’s new Opportunity Scholarship Program. Stoops discussed school choice and the recent drop in education school enrollment during an appearance with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio.” Stoops will discuss the state’s latest student test score report this afternoon with Bill LuMaye on WPTF.

The Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online,”, and N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email all promoted Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ latest report on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. The Kernersville News published Sanders’ column on the difficulty of tracking state-level cronyism. highlighted Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s research newsletters on state ozone data and the need to end taxation of capital gains.