The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging Affordable Care Act subsidies in states with no state-run health insurance exchange. A crew from PBS interviewed John Locke Foundation Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo about the potential impact of a ruling against the federal government. The Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer interviewed Restrepo for an article about the latest sign-up numbers associated with the ACA, or Obamacare. The WBTV and WECT websites picked up that story. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted her recent column on a new tool designed to increase health care price transparency.
WTVD Television interviewed Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops about Wake County public schools’ efforts to promote “cultural proficiency.” Stoops spoke to N.C. State’s Society for Politics, Economics, and the Law group about “Where the Educational Nonsense Comes From.” The Asheville Citizen-Times interviewed Stoops for an article about new A-F grades for North Carolina public schools.
WRAL.com sought Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s analysis of a new study showing a poor success rate for North Carolina’s economic incentives programs. The Dunn Daily Record quoted Curry in an article about state historic preservation tax credits. (“There is no justification for compelling state taxpayers to subsidize the preservation of historic properties in particular cities or towns,” said Sarah Curry, director of fiscal policy studies at the John Locke Foundation, Raleigh’s conservative think tank, in a Jan. 29 statement. “There is, however, justification for local taxpayers to chip in for renovating historic buildings that may, if left abandoned, endanger the structural integrity of neighboring properties or threaten public health and safety.”) NCPoliticalNews.com promoted Curry’s research newsletter about the economics of Valentine’s Day.
The Kernersville News published Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s column on problems linked to a “general interest effect” in public policy debates. The Roanoke-Chowan News Herald picked up Cordato’s column on good news linked to falling gas prices. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press email Cordato’s column on a flawed economic impact study involving government transportation spending, along with Director of Legal Studies Jon Guze‘s column on efforts to protect N.C. property owners from eminent domain abuse.