Becki Gray

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Outreach

Posts by Becki Gray (page 3)

  • 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
  • House Committee considers proposal to extend broadband access in underserved areas.

    The House State and Local Government Committee met this morning to consider the latest version of HB 431, FIBER NC, an act to foster infrastructure for broadband expansion and resources in NC by authorizing counties and cities to install and lease broadband infrastructure to increase adequate broadband services to…
    Becki Gray, August 7, 2019
  • Education spending is like a trip to the dental hygienist

    While we wait for a break in the budget impasse, teacher pay increases are on hold, increases in education spending is on hold.  In addition to insisting NC increase Medicaid spending by $6 billion over the first two years, increase total Medicaid spending by 28% and increase the state budget…
    Becki Gray, July 26, 2019
  • Partisan gerrymandering is OK for me but not for you.

    Painful but worth a listen to former #ncga election law, redistricting committee staffer and lawyer working on legislative maps in 1991, 2001 and 2017, Bill Gilkeson’s  testimony in the partisan gerrymandering case. In almost an hour of testimony, Gilkeson admits he worked with Democratic House and Senate legislative leaders…
    Becki Gray, July 25, 2019
  • Finding solutions to the problem of unaffordable health insurance

    The House Health Committee is scheduled to consider HB 655, Health Care for Working Families, tomorrow morning. First, kudos to the leadership for bringing this issue forward and to members for participating in the discussion.  The governor is strongly in favor of Medicaid expansion. Many progressive House and Senate members…
    Becki Gray, July 8, 2019