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JLF Research This Week: August 5-9, 2013

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Education Policy

This week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released graduation rates for the past academic year.  Terry Stoops, Director of Education Studies, wrote about those rates and some of the factors that may be affecting them.  He also blogged about them, including about how charters compare, and about public school jobs.

Environmental Policy

Roy Cordato, Vice President for Research and resident scholar, wrote a newsletter about Obama’s Secretary of the Interior and her attitude to anyone who might take a more skeptical view on climate change, as well as the most recent ozone levels across the state.

Regulatory Policy

Jon Sanders, Director of Regulatory Policy Studies, explored big utilities, crony capitalism, and the effect on ratepayers.  He also wrote about unemployment rates, the purchase of the Washington Post by Jeff Bezos, and the effect of environmentalism on the world’s poorest.

Health Care Policy

Katherine Restrepo, Health and Human Services Policy Analyst, continued her countdown to the opening of the Obamacare Marketplaces.  In her newsletter, she wrote at greater length about those Marketplaces.  She also wrote about Obamacare’s backdoor routes to expanding Medicaid.

Fiscal Policy

Sarah Curry, Director of Fiscal Policy Studies, blogged about the growth in state government spending and shared a useful map.  She also wrote about the salaries and other benefits of state employees and leftist education protesters.

There is a lot more on the John Locke Foundation’s Locker Room blog.

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