John Locke Update / Research Newsletter (Archive)

JLF Research This Week: November 4-8, 2013

posted on in Research Review

View in your browser.

Education Policy

In his newsletter this week, Terry Stoops, Director of Education Studies, wrote a post-mortem of the teacher walk-in events that occurred on Monday.  He also wrote about the protests on the LockerRoom blog.  In addition, he wrote about National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test scores, and about reading and math proficiency rates and standards.

Environmental Policy

Roy Cordato, Vice President for Research and resident scholar, wrote in his newsletter this week of 2013 becoming the best year on record in terms of the number of high ozone days for North Carolina.  Indeed, across the entire state, there was only one high ozone reading recorded on one monitor on one day.  South Carolina had none at all.  On the LockerRoom, Roy wrote more about the problems with, made a heartfelt confession, and shared a video that I think you’ll find amusing.

Fiscal Policy

Sarah Curry, Director of Fiscal Policy Studies, took a further look at North Carolina’s state spending and its lack of transparency in her newsletter this week. On the blog, she examined some of the major tax and bond items on November ballots across the state.  Her longer Spotlight report on state spending was also released this week.

Health Care Policy

Katherine Restrepo, Health and Human Services Policy Analyst, has been really busy on the LockerRoom blog.  She’s written about Sebelius’s authority to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate, taxes on luxury health plans, North Carolina’s high premiums, some of the misleading information that’s out there about Obamacare subsidies, and the many North Carolinians who won’t be able to keep their health plans no matter how much they like them.

Regulatory Policy

In the Regulatory Reform newsletter this week, 

Jon Sanders, Director of Regulatory Policy Studies, wrote about incentives, and managed to pull in Harry Potter, leprechauns, Alpo, and Chick-fil-A cows.  It’s worth reading.  He also blogged about the media’scoverage of Obamacare

As always, there is a lot more on the John Locke Foundation’s Locker Room blog.

If you aren’t currently receiving the research division’s newsletters, you can sign up for them here.  They, along with the blog, are a great way to stay informed about what’s happening in North Carolina public policy.


Donate Today

About John Locke Foundation

We are North Carolina’s Most Trusted and Influential Source of Common Sense. The John Locke Foundation was created in 1990 as an independent, nonprofit think tank that would work “for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina.” The Foundation is named for John Locke (1632-1704), an English philosopher whose writings inspired Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders.

The John Locke Foundation is a 501(c)(3) research institute and is funded solely from voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations.