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Sarah Curry

Sarah Curry is Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

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How Much does NC Spend?

When we think of the state budget, we mainly focus on the General Fund.  That is the funding source for education, Medicaid, and a number of other familiar state government services.  But what about all those other non-General Fund expenditures?  For example, transportation and the employment security commission are two large expenditures that are notContinue Reading

Insurance Subsidies heard in US Supreme Court on Friday

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the King v. Burwell case that challenges the legality of federal health care subsidies to low- and middle-income residents who purchase insurance on the federal health care exchange in those 37 states that did not establish their own state-based exchange. This issue for the court is, “Whether the InternalContinue Reading

HHS Awards NC over $40 million in HIV/AIDS grants

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that more than $2.2 billion in grants were awarded in fiscal 2014 to state and local governments, as well as community-based organizations, under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. These funds are aimed to help people affectedContinue Reading

What is the lame duck Congress up to?

The US Senate and US House went into recess in late September and are now returning to Washington today to resume unfinished business during the lame duck period.  The House is scheduled to take up many bills, including the Government Reports Elimination Act (HR 4194) that would eliminate 48 federal government reports and modify requirementsContinue Reading

Over $60 million spent on Occupationl Licensing Fees in NC

Occupational licensing is a form of government regulation that requires a license to pursue a particular profession or vocation.  Many associate this with licenses obtained by physicians or lawyers, but for many occupations the licensing requirement has created a barrier to entry and results in higher cost for consumers.  North Carolina features 51 occupational licensingContinue Reading

The State’s Budget is being created right now…

The upcoming legislative session will begin the state’s biennial, or two year, budget cycle. Each biennium begins in an odd-numbered year and also ends in an odd-numbered year. For example, the 2015-17 biennium covers the period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017, and includes fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17. Even though the newContinue Reading

Results from Bonds on the ballot

During this election cycle, many decided to offer general obligation bonds to pay for schools, streets and sidewalks, parks and recreation, water systems, and many other items.  While many might argue that these items are a function of government, should debt be issued to fund these initiatives? General obligation bonds are a general obligation ofContinue Reading

Bonds on the ballot

North Carolina hasn’t seen a state-wide bond referendum since the early 2000s, but that doesn’t mean the local governments haven’t had a bond on the ballot.  This year there are a number of bond items on the ballot including water systems, parks and recreation, schools, sidewalks, and many more.  Some for the county, and some areContinue Reading

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