Becki Gray

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Outreach

Posts by Becki Gray (page 2)

  • Candidate Question: How is the NC Opportunity Scholarship awarded?

    Q: How is the NC Opportunity Scholarship awarded? If it is awarded in a need-basis, can you explain? Answer (courtesy Dr. Terry Stoops, JLF’s VP of research and director of studies) : Eligibility for an Opportunity Scholarship is determined using federal free and reduced-price lunch guidelines. If the household income…
    Becki Gray, May 27, 2020
  • Kicking off a new feature – Candidate Questions – First question: Is Medicaid expansion a good idea?

    Since 2008, the John Locke Foundation has provided candidates for the General Assembly and state-wide offices research, data and  information to address NC’s most pressing public policy challenges.  Our 2020 Policy Solutions Guide is a much valued and trusted resource. We’ve also held policy briefings, numerous individual and small group…
    Becki Gray, May 18, 2020
  • Update on Criminal Law Reform efforts*

    *Updated with Sen Wells’ comments to the GSC. With everyone’s attention on COVID-19 for the last several weeks, you may have missed an important meeting of the General Statutes Commission.  This is a group of dedicated legal and policy experts who research and correct NC Statutes.  Session Law 2019-198 directed them to make…
    Becki Gray, April 8, 2020
  • COVID-19 response and recovery calls for a balanced solution.

    As you would expect, John Locke Foundation’s policy recommendations in response to COVID-19 outbreak and in discussions on how best to recovery once the crisis is over, have focused largely on free market solutions. We believe that offering help to people who have lost jobs and businesses shut down…
    Becki Gray, April 6, 2020
  • Policy briefs and recommendations for policy makers and thought leaders as North Carolina responds to COVID-19

    As North Carolina faces the COVID-19 crisis with it’s impact on our economy, families, jobs and every aspect of our lives, the John Locke Foundation responds by looking at policy concerns, offering suggestions and solutions. All five of our COVID-19 policy documents have been released and are available on our…
    Becki Gray, March 19, 2020
  • Boar’s Head tradition of years ago a reminder of what’s important today.

    When I was student at Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte) one of my favorite holiday traditions was the annual Boars Head Dinner that originated in 1933. Several weeks ahead of the event the president of the college sent a fancy invitation to the students.  On the prescribed evening,…
    Becki Gray, December 23, 2019
  • Is this letter to DHHS Secretary the break in the budget stalemate?

    NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY Senator Donald G. Davis 5th District Office:      300 N.SalisburyStreet 523 Legislative Office Building Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5925 Phone:      (919)715-8363 Fax:            (919)754-3159 Email:         [email protected] Counties: Pitt andGreene October 4, 2019 Dr. Mandy K. Cohen, Secretary North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 2001 Mail Service…
    Becki Gray, October 7, 2019
  • Redistricting calls for leadership. Luckily we’ve got it.

    As the legislature hunkers down to re-draw some of the House and Senate districts to comply with the recent Common Cause three-judge decision which claimed “extreme” partisan gerrymandering, new maps will solve the immediate problem but they won’t solve the underlying problems with redistricting. What’s next? Real reform. Several…
    Becki Gray, September 10, 2019