As Gov. Beverly Perdue prepared to unveil her latest budget proposal this week, the John Locke Foundation released a new report showing that North Carolina state government spending reached a record-high level in 2012. Report author Fergus Hodgson, Director of Fiscal Policy Studies, discussed his research and Perdue’s proposals with WTVD Television. He’ll chat this afternoon with Pete Kaliner of WWNC Radio about his state spending research.

The Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” promoted the latest report from Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders. It discusses potential benefits of a “catch shares” system for North Carolina fish stocks. The Statesville Record & Landmark covered Director of Education Studies Terry Stoops‘ participation last week in a Stand Up North Carolina panel in Mooresville on public school issues. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted Stoops’ recent column comparing the state school superintendent to Rodney Dangerfield, along with a CJ news report highlighting Stoops’ latest findings about recent high school graduates who need community college remediation.

Hodgson, Stoops, and Director of Research and Local Government Studies Michael Sanera are participating in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s spring Task Force Summit in Charlotte.