Sarah Curry

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  • Finally, a little compromise on the budget

    From Raleigh’s News and Observer….. After weeks of negotiations, N.C. House leaders agreed to a budget spending level that’s close to the 2.7 percent increase sought by the Senate and Gov. Pat McCrory. According to McCrory’s office, legislative leaders agreed to set the total budget at $21.735 billion after…
    Sarah Curry, August 18, 2015
  • Medicaid is the largest piece of the federal funds pie in State Expenditures

    In fiscal 2014, Medicaid comprised 51 percent of all federal funds to states, according to NASBO’s State Expenditure Report, released in November 2014. This marked the first time in the 27-year history of the State Expenditure Report that Medicaid represented over half of all federal funds to states.
    Sarah Curry, August 17, 2015
  • In the last 35 years, NC has only had an ‘on time’ budget 11 times

    North Carolina lawmakers still cannot agree to a final budget.  The Senate saw difficulty in compromise, so they decided to move their economic development and Medicaid reform plans out of the budget and into stand-alone bills.  Unfortunately, even with this change, the two chambers were unable to come to an…
    Sarah Curry, August 17, 2015
  • Where are people moving?

    Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released long-awaited migration data shedding light on migration patterns for counties and states. New data for 2011 and 2012 includes total incomes for those who moved, helping to approximate wealth gained or lost and its potential impact on local budgets.  A Governing article…
    Sarah Curry, August 13, 2015
  • Three other states can’t pass a budget either….

    If you thought that North Carolina was the only state in the country facing uncertain budget times….look again. New Hampshire passed a continuing resolution, similar to NC, but has been unable to come to a compromise on the state budget.  Their situation is a bit different though, a Democratic…
    Sarah Curry, August 12, 2015
  • How many days does it take to pass a budget?

    Sarah Curry, August 12, 2015
  • Think film incentives work? New York paid $38k for each job created…

    According to a news article from a New York state news source, film studios are getting $38,000 for every full-time job they create. At a time when the $420 million a year in tax breaks has drawn increased scrutiny, a state consultant’s report quietly released in March…
    Sarah Curry, August 10, 2015
  • 45 states have a budget, NC isn’t one of them

    As of August 3rd, 45 states have enacted budgets for fiscal 2016, while North Carolina and New Hampshire have passed temporary spending bills.  Illinois and Pennsylvania don’t have a budget or a temporary spending bill.  Alabama is the only state who’s fiscal year does not begin until Oct. 1st.
    Sarah Curry, August 10, 2015