A new report from RTI International claims to show economic benefits associated with North Carolina’s renewable energy mandate. But John Locke Foundation Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato rebuts the report’s findings in a column posted this week at WRAL’s Tech Wire. Meanwhile, Cordato discussed the potential impact of federal sequestration cuts during an interview with WFAE Radio.

The Wilson Daily Times interviewed Cordato for an article about the potential repeal of North Carolina’s estate tax. (“Farmers really get hurt by this,” said Roy Cordato, vice president for research at the John Locke Foundation. “These are assets, not cash. You can’t just pay this tax out of the inheritance. Very often, you have to sell the family farm to pay the tax on the farm.” The John Locke Foundation, a Raleigh-based conservative think tank, has long lobbied for the estate tax’s repeal. )

The News & Observer published a column this week from Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops. It outlines potential school choice-related reforms North Carolina policymakers should consider. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press email Stoops’ education newsletter questioning a new report from the nation’s largest teachers union that ranks North Carolina 48th in the nation in education spending.

Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders released a new Spotlight report recommending that North Carolina legalize payday lending. WPTF Radio and the N.C. News Network quoted Sanders while covering his new report. N.C. Political News and N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email took note of Sanders’ research.