John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Occupational licensing testimony, political news, and other items of interest

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The N.C. “Insider” quoted John Locke Foundation Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray in its coverage of Gray and Jon Sanders’ recent testimony before a legislative oversight group. (North Carolina’s system of requiring licenses for various occupations stifles the market by restricting supply and residents’ ability to engage careers of choice, a conservative think tank told lawmakers on Thursday. “And these restrictions ripple through our economy, preventing people from pursuing their dreams, driving up the costs of services, impacting individuals, families, communities, the state’s economy and whether businesses want to expand or grow here,” said Becki Gray, vice president for outreach at the John Locke Foundation. She was addressing a new legislative subcommittee exploring potential changes to the system. …)

Gray reviewed recent N.C. government reforms and the “Carolina Comeback” during a speech this week at Carolina Meadows. She appears on this weekend’s 900th episode of the syndicated “N.C. Spin” television show, and she continues twice-weekly politics and public policy updates for WTSB Radio.

Vice President for Marketing and Communications Donna Martinez and Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson dissect the week’s top political news for Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People in Politics” program. Martinez also offers a weekly political update for listeners of the WPTF Radio morning program.

Director of Education Outreach Lindalyn Kakadelis discussed K-3 education assessments and school choice issues during a presentation to the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association. Kakadelis followed up that presentation with a discussion of the same topics on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio.”

Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel interviewed Mitch Kokai for an article about an unsubstantiated report involving U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and his 2016 presidential preferences. The N.C. Spin website picked up Kokai’s “Locker Room” blog entry on lingering problems associated with Medicaid expansion. covered this week’s JLF Shaftesbury Society meeting, which featured a review of N.C. school choice achievements from Darrell Allison of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina.

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