John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

School funding facts, tax incentives, Catalyst, dubious Apple claims, and more

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The Charlotte Observer turned this week to John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops for expert analysis of data surrounding funding levels for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The County Compass in Oriental published Stoops’ recent column on facts and fiction linked to the teacher pay debate in North Carolina.

The Associated Press interviewed Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry about local government business incentives, citing her recent studies of the topic. The Raleigh News and Observer‘s “NC Insider” state government news service promoted the AP story. picked up Curry’s recent Spotlight report on the Tax Foundation’s decision to move North Carolina from No. 44 to No. 15 in the annual ranking of state business tax climates.

The Greensboro News and Record reviewed Catalyst, JLF Chairman John Hood‘s new biography of former N.C. Gov. Jim Martin. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press email Hood’s columns on incorrect interpretations of income data and the facts surrounding urban and rural N.C. voting strength.

Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington discussed this month’s page-one CJ lead story on Apple’s dubious renewable energy claims during an appearance with Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio.” The Senate GOP highlighted that story. Managing Editor Rick Henderson and JLF Vice President for Marketing and Communications Donna Martinez discuss the week’s top political developments for this weekend’s edition of Curtis Media Group’s “People In Politics.”

Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray highlighted recent legislative and political developments during a speech to the Wake County Taxpayers Association. She appears this weekend as the featured guest on Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “Carolina Newsmakers” program. Gray continues twice-weekly appearances on WTSB Radio.

The Kernersville News published Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s column on direct primary care‘s potential positive impact on health care costs. The Direct Primary Care Journal cited Restrepo’s column on DPC’s potential benefits for N.C. employers and state government. Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato added to his tax reform recommendations with a new Spotlight report recommending that North Carolina move from a system of depreciation to “expensing” for business assets. N.C. Senate Republicans cited Cordato’s column rebutting claims that solar energy is renewable and free. promoted CJ Associate Editor Dan Way‘s article highlighting U.S. Rep. David Rouzer’s concerns about the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate GOP promoted Way’s article on the first day of 2016 election candidate filing, along with Associate Editor Kari Travis‘ article on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ need for more training in open meetings and transparency.

The Chowan Herald is highlighting the work of N.C. History Project Founding Director Troy Kickler. Kickler is presenting copies of his book, The King’s Trouble Makers, today to an Edenton high school history club. Kickler will take part Saturday in a “brunch with an author” program at an Edenton public library.

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