Becki Gray

Senior Vice President
Becki Gray is Senior Vice President of the John Locke Foundation. She provides information, consultation, and publications to elected officials, government staff and other decision makers involved in the state public-policy process.

Gray taps her experience in the legal field, at the North Carolina General Assembly and as a lobbyist in the private sector as well as the full resources and staff of JLF to fulfill requests for information and analysis from policymakers.

She offers commentary on television and radio shows across North Carolina and is a regular panelist on NCSpin. Gray writes a monthly column for Carolina Journal and her op-eds have been published in newspapers across the state. She frequently speaks to civic and political groups about public policy and legislative issues.

She earned an Art degree at Queens College in Charlotte, a Paralegal Certificate from Meredith College and has completed graduate work at UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Greensboro.

Gray is a member of the first class of the John Locke Foundation’s E.A. Morris Fellows, a statewide leadership program. She serves on the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees.

Posts by Becki Gray (page 1)

  • Zinke, exploration, and gas funds

    Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is coming to North Carolina to meet with Roy Cooper tomorrow morning after meeting with South Carolina Governor McMaster this afternoon. WRAL reports: Both McMaster and Cooper are seeking exemptions from the Trump administration’s proposal to vastly expand offshore oil drilling…
    Becki Gray, February 2, 2018
  • Judicial Redistricting and Reform talks continue. Still need to get it right.

    The Joint Legislative Committee on Judicial Redistricting and Reform met for the second time yesterday.  For a large part of the meeting, they heard Administrative Office of the Courts’ reports on work load in judicial districts, how long do certain cases take, what kind of cases are heard…
    Becki Gray, January 23, 2018
  • Fighting in 2017: A Wrap-up

    2017 – a year of fights.  Because some things are worth fighting for and sometimes it’s just politics. General Assembly v. Governor Cooper: even before he was elected, the Democrat Governor picked fights with the Republican legislature. He made their position on HB2 the flashpoint of his campaign, took…
    Becki Gray, December 29, 2017
  • GOP tax plan would make history of the historic preservation tax credit

    The first tax credits for restoration or renovation of historic buildings started in 1976. The federal government issued credits, so did state governments. Even local governments got in on the action.  .  Recognizing that NC’s tax credit for historic restoration was a special treatment, unfair to other tax payers and…
    Becki Gray, November 21, 2017
  • JLF’s Coletti tax/budget/spending analysis featured in today’s Heritage Foundation’s Insider

    The Heritage Foundation features Coletti’s analysis of why the federal budget proposed by President Trump, which looks alot like NC’s reforms, could lead to the economic growth we’ve seen right here.  In other words, responsible fiscal budgeting and spending works.  Look at NC.  Scroll to the second highlighted feature: October…
    Becki Gray, October 14, 2017
  • NCGA Special Session Update

    As we prepare for the special session, I wanted to share John Locke Foundation’s research on topics that will likely surface this week. As you keep up with legislation this week on and  and, JLF continues to be your best resource. Regarding the veto override for HB 56,…
    Becki Gray, October 3, 2017
  • House Budget – A Dozen Initial Take-Aways

    We’re still combing through last week’s committee reports, sorting out details from this morning’s Finance meeting and waiting for the full budget documents, but we’re starting to get a picture of what the House proposes in its budget. Here are a dozen things that struck me: 1. Spending is same…
    Becki Gray, May 30, 2017
  • Certificate of Need phase out in the Senate budget

    Tax cuts, prudent spending, saving more for a rainy day are a few of the good things in the Senate budget.  Phasing out NC’s egregious Certificate of Need (CON) laws is another.  What we know is CON limits access, increases costs and compromises the quality of health care. A complete…
    Becki Gray, May 23, 2017