Becki Gray

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Outreach

Posts by Becki Gray (page 3)

  • 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
  • Veto Override Consideration Is Up In The House. Here Are Some Key Considerations.

    The General Assembly returns to Raleigh today. On the House calendar is an override consideration of the Governor’s veto of the 2019-20 $24 billion budget. Because the budget is a House bill, the override vote starts in the House. In addition to all the Republicans voting to override, they…
    Becki Gray, July 8, 2019
  • Health care services that require a permission slip from government and an ok from competitors

    The John Locke Foundation has written extensively over several years on the impediment NC’s Certificate of Need laws are for the expansion of health care services.  We believe that repealing NC’s CON laws will restore health care freedom. National studies show that CON laws increase cost and…
    Becki Gray, May 20, 2019
  • Wake County holding lottery to purchase products they have complete control over. At noon. On a Friday. In Wendell.

    This was just posted on the Wake County ABC Facebook page: Wake County ABC Stores and the Office have been inundated with phone calls and inquiries today regarding the most recent shipment of specialty allocated products. Due to the high demand and minimal supply, we have decided that…
    Becki Gray, May 14, 2019
  • House budget documents, just in time for weekend review.

    After a brief spring break to re-charge their batteries, the House returned to Raleigh this week and wasted no time getting down to their real job of the 2019-2020 biennium – crafting the state’s budget for the next two years.  They’d already set the spending growth at 3.45% to…
    Becki Gray, April 26, 2019