As North Carolina legislators continue to work out differences in their state budget plans, promoted a pair of research newsletters on budget-related topics from John Locke Foundation Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry. One addressed the proposal to use state lottery funds to help pay for teacher pay raises. The other addressed the mechanics of North Carolina’s two-year state budget process. The Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” promoted Curry’s report recommending a budget tool called “reverse logrolling” for reaching a final state budget agreement.

The Kernersville News published Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s recent column panning Seattle’s decision to hike its minimum wage to $15 per hour. promoted his research newsletter on the absence of free markets in the American health care sector, along with Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ newsletter on state auto insurance reform.

The Laurinburg Exchange published Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s column on opening up a competitive health insurance market. The Kernersville News picked up Restrepo’s column on a key Medicaid flaw. The Pitt County Now website promoted Terry Stoops’ column on North Carolina’s teacher recruitment problem in high-demand subject areas. A News & Observer letter cited JLF’s 2013 “Budget for Growth.”