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Medicaid expansion critiqued, teacher compensation explored, and more

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North Carolina policymakers face continuing pressure to expand the state’s Medicaid program. A public panel discussion on Medicaid expansion at Wake Forest University featured one voice opposing the idea: John Locke Foundation Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo. The Winston-Salem Journal previewed the event and quoted Restrepo in reporting on the discussion. The Associated Press picked up on that coverage. North Carolina Health News also reported on the Wake Forest panel. Restrepo discussed the Affordable Care Act and high-profile technical difficulties for Blue Cross Blue Shield during her latest appearance on the WRHT Radio morning program. A Heartland Institute report cited Restrepo’s writing on direct primary care.

Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops testified before a legislative study committee on issues surrounding teacher turnover, retention, and compensation. covered Stoops’ remarks. Stoops discussed National School Choice Week with Bill LuMaye on WPTF Radio. The Business Wire quoted Stoops in a press release promoting JLF involvement in National School Choice Week activities. The Chatham Journal and published a JLF news release citing Stoops’ work compiling key school choice statistics. The Chatham Journal,, and N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email all cited Stoops’ column on the reasons teachers leave the state’s public schools.

A story on N.C. state government’s legal bills quoted Director of Legal Studies Jon Guze. The Kernersville News published Guze’s column on lawmakers’ and courts’ efforts to balance free-speech rights with public safety protections against sexual predators. WCHL Radio’s “Carolina Connection” program interviewed Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders about the solar industry in North Carolina. The Rhino Times reported on Sanders’ recent legislative testimony about occupational licensing restrictions.

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