Now that state lawmakers have finalized a 2014-15 budget, John Locke Foundation Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry and Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops have prepared a report analyzing major components of that $21 billion General Fund spending plan. promoted Curry’s research newsletters focusing specifically on the transportation and natural and economic resources budgets. The Kernersville News published Curry’s column about the University of North Carolina budget.

Stoops discussed a Superior Court ruling against North Carolina’s new opportunity scholarship program during an appearance with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio. cited Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s column about the environmentalist propaganda marring exhibits at the N.C. Aquarium located at Fort Fisher, along with Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s column on prospects for abuse of Medicaid‘s joint federal-state funding mechanism.

The Mount Airy News and Yadkin Ripple published Cordato’s column on the clash of rights reflected in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision. The N.C. Spin website promoted Restrepo’s analysis of state certificate-of-need restrictions. The JLF research staff joins Becki Gray this afternoon for an issues briefing targeting candidates for the 2014 legislative elections.