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Sarah Curry

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

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Health and Human Services Budget in North Carolina

Health Care Solutions Week: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is made up of thirty divisions and offices, which are categorized under four broad areas: health, human services, administration, and support.  In addition, the department oversees fourteen facilities including developmental centers, psychiatric hospitals, and alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, amongContinue Reading

What’s going on with Medicaid reform?

Health Care Solutions Week: When legislators were wrapping up their session in August, they said they would be returning to have a special session about Medicaid reform.  However, when the General Assembly adjourned sine die on August 20, 2014, it signaled they would not return for a special session. Today the General Assembly sent aContinue Reading

Cell Phone Taxes, NC is ranked 33rd

The Tax Foundation has released a report on wireless taxation across America, and North Carolina is the 33rd highest. Below is the detailed information about North Carolina. Wireless State-Local Rate Federal USF Rate Combined Federal/State/Local Rate 8.46% 5.82% 14.28%   If you want to read more, you can check out the entire report here.

How did Obamacare impact spending in NC’s HHS budget?

Health Care Solutions Week: According to a budget highlight published by the non-partisan Fiscal Research Division at the North Carolina General Assembly, there were four major impacts the Affordable Care Act had on the state’s Department of Health and Human Services budget. 1. The provision that hospitals could determine that individuals are presumptively eligible forContinue Reading

States’ Attorney Generals looking deeper into corporate cyberattacks

Many companies have been the focus of cyberattacks in the last few months including Target, Home Depot, and Jimmy Johns.  The most concerning was when news broke of when hackers targeted J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. along with 12 other financial service companies.  Now State Attorney Generals are discussing the possibility of creating a multistateContinue Reading

A casino in Kings Mountain? Voters should decide, not city council.

As a Gaston County native that frequently traveled to Kings Mountain, a casino is not something one would expect in the small town in Cleveland County.  There are still towns in Cleveland County that haven’t passed liquor by the drink, I would guess they would be hard pressed to find overwhelming public support for aContinue Reading

Ashe County to raise Sales tax for Hospital subsidy

There are seven counties with quarter-cent increases to their sales taxes on the ballot in November.  For Ashe County, this will be the first time on the ballot. While many local governments claim they will collect the tax for a specific purpose, that is not permissible by law.  Any revenue generated from the local-option, quarter-centContinue Reading

Marriage Amendment press release from NC General Assembly

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