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JLF Research This Week: July 8-12, 2013

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This week, Terry Stoops, Director of Education Studies, examined claims by liberals that two school voucher bills, if passed, would create one of the most extensive school voucher programs in the country.  If only!  On the blog, he looked questions around Common Core, end-of-grade tests, and education rankings for NC a recent survey of business competitiveness.

Sarah Curry, Director of Fiscal Policy Studies, looked at Medicaid spending and its effect on state budgets.  It really is a huge amount of money, so the impact is significant.  Sara blogged about fiscal issues, including how property taxes and fiscal freedom, and overall freedom compare across states.

Roy Cordato, Vice President for Research and resident scholar, wrote about the continued dominance of fossil fuels, as well as on this year’s remarkably low number of high ozone days in North Carolina.  He blogged about tax reform and its effect on the freedom of North Carolinians.

Jon Sanders, Director of Regulatory Policy Studies, looked at the recent debate around access to abortion from the unique perspective of regulatory policy. He also blogged about the Monday protests, taxpayer financing of stadiums (with a cool infographic!), South Dakota‘s business friendly environment, and NC’s similarities to Wisconsin.

Finally, Katherine Restrepo, Health and Human Services Policy Analyst, wrote about the latest changes to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  She also continued her countdown of the days until Obamacare implementation. Only 81 more days!

And, as always, there’s plenty more on the Locker Room.

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