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Sarah Curry

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

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How are the states financing their Medicaid payments?

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the comprehensive questionnaire data from a survey conducted on states’ methods for Medicaid payment financing from fiscal 2008 through fiscal 2012 (using the state fiscal year calendar). States finance the nonfederal share of Medicaid expenditures largely through state general funds, but also with other sources such asContinue Reading

Congressional committee hears state and local perspective on Surface Transportation

On March 17, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on reauthorizing the federal surface transportation law, which is currently set to expire on May 31, 2015. North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, testified at the hearing on behalf of the National Governors Association and North Carolina. Governor McCrory’s testimony conveyed that an effectiveContinue Reading

Another $5 million down the drain

A press release came out from the NC Senate boasting about giving a failing program an additional $5 million for corporate welfare.  I’m so glad I pay taxes so lawmakers can spend it this way – NOT! Senate Passes Bill to Provide Additional $5 Million to JDIG Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Senate onContinue Reading

What’s going on in Washington…

Both the US House and US Senate are in session this week before beginning a two-week recess. Both chambers are expected to focus on passing their respective fiscal 2016 budget resolutions. The House is also expected to try to pass legislation reforming the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which also includes a two-year extensionContinue Reading

Why Medicaid expansion is the wrong choice for NC…

Today’s Shaftesbury speaker is J. Scott Moody, the CEO from State Budget Solutions.  In his presentation, he will reveal the results of his organization’s study of North Carolina’s economy and the ramifications we can expect should North Carolina’s policymakers choose to expand Medicaid under “Obamacare,” as some have discussed. How would expansion of Medicaid impactContinue Reading

How many economic development bills are there?

Governor McCrory wanted the legislature to address his desire to give more money away to corporations as soon as the session began.  Well, it worked!  So far the legislature has filed 15 bills dealing with economic development.  Oh, and guess what….none of them are to repeal the use of corporate welfare.  That’s right….a Republican controlledContinue Reading

City of Eden trying to encourage bad tax policy

The Eden Preservation Commission is made up of members appointed by the city council.  On March 16, the commission voted on a resolution to be presented to multiple state government officials.  There are seven members on the commission, and only one voted against this resolution.  It is unfortunate that only one member of the commissionContinue Reading

High-Risk Federal Programs Report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an update to its list of high-risk federal program areas, which is updated every two years. The Medicaid program remains on GAO’s list of designated high-risk programs, primarily due to its size and the variability of program structures from state to state. GAO notes that data used for oversightContinue Reading

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