John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

JLF researchers focus on homeschooling, Medicaid, economic impacts, and more

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Viewers of News 14 Carolina’s “Capital Tonight” program heard good news this week about homeschooling in North Carolina. John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops discussed the latest homeschooling data during his latest appearance on the statewide television show. The Greensboro News & Record‘s “Off The Record” blog and the Huffington Post noted Stoops’ column on North Carolina’s latest teacher turnover data.

The Charlotte Business Journal‘s “CBJ Sound Off” featured quoted Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s analysis of the problems associated with state Medicaid expansion. (The N.C. Institute of Medicine says an expansion would save the state $159 million over two years. Isn’t that a good thing? Long-term costs are critical to analyze. The proposed expansion would cost N.C. taxpayers $3.1 billion over a 10-year period. N.C. Medicaid costs are growing rapidly. Will expansion amplify that problem? Yes. Funding a problem does not solve a problem. The uninsured burden hospitals with unreimbursed care.)

The Kernersville News and Master Resource blog promoted Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s column on a dubious economic impact study prepared for the nuclear energy industry. The Liberty Jungle website publicized Cordato’s recent report urging a change in energy subsidy calculations.

The N.C. Spin website highlighted Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ recent report on repealing North Carolina’s 35-year-old certificate-of-need law. N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press emails cited Stoops’ column on teacher turnover and Restrepo’s latest report on Obamacare health exchange problems. promoted that Obamacare report, along with Restrepo’s newsletter on health care affordability, Stoops’ research newsletter rebutting myths about teacher turnover in North Carolina, Sanders’ column on the folly of light-rail transit, and Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s newsletter on Cyber Monday sales data.

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