Becki Gray

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Outreach

Posts by Becki Gray (page 2)

  • Candidate Question: What is the appropriate balance between state and federal regulations on business and the economy?

    Here’s the question: What is the appropriate balance of federal and state regulatory requirements on business and the economy? Thank you Jon Sanders for a great answer: Burdensome regulations have a proven effect of hindering economic growth, and that’s not just bad for businesses, it’s bad for job-seekers and also…
    Becki Gray, July 15, 2020
  • Veto/Override Review; Short Session Edition – *Updated with roll call votes on overrides

    ****UPDATED JULY 9****** Wrapping up the 2020 Short Session, NCGA adjourned about 3:00 am on June 26 sending a flurry of bills to the Governor to sign.  Since they did not adjourn sine die, and technically remain in session, the governor had 10 days from when he received a bill…
    Becki Gray, July 9, 2020
  • Proud to be an American? I asked my family for help with an assignment and learned a few lessons myself.

    We got an assignment this week from JLF’s CEO to make some comments on social media about why we’re proud to be an American. It seemed like an easy task – talk about liberty, freedom, and opportunity in 140 characters.  Done. Next.   But I stopped to consider what I wanted…
    Becki Gray, July 2, 2020
  • Candidate Question: What is the status of Association Healthcare Plans?

    What is the status of association health plans in North Carolina? JLF’s Health Care Policy expert, Jordan Roberts has the answer: During the 2019 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an association health plan bill with bipartisan support. Governor Cooper did not sign or veto the bill, and…
    Becki Gray, June 10, 2020
  • 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