State budget news, reading instruction, Obamacare attract JLF researchers’ attention
WFAE Radio interviewed John Locke Foundation Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry this week about ongoing state budget negotiations, including her recommendation that House and Senate budget writers adopt a “reverse logrolling” approach to resolving differences between their competing budget plans. NCPoliticalNews.com promoted Curry’s research newsletter on paying for the state’s Medicaid program.
The News & Observer interviewed Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops for an article about summer reading camps and implementation of the state’s “Read to Achieve” law. Regional N&O publications such as the Cary News and Eastern Wake News also ran that article. The Mooresville Tribune published Stoops’ column on North Carolina’s teacher recruitment challenges. The Kernersville News picked up his column on potential budget cuts in the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
NCPoliticalNews.com promoted Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s research newsletter on problems linked to an Affordable Care Act provision targeting small businesses. A Mitchell News-Journal editorial cited Economics and Regulatory Policy Analyst Michael Lowrey‘s annual By The Numbers report on local governments’ tax-and-fee burdens. (A report from the John Locke Foundation puts Mitchell County’s taxes and fees taking up 4.05 percent of personal income. Which is about the state median of 3.94 percent.)