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    CJ Reports: Cooper staffer’s pipeline inquiry prompts warning against extortion from national governors’ group

    Carolina Journal‘s Don Carrington reports: As the Cooper administration engaged in negotiations involving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a national governors’ group warned a Cooper adviser against a state agency taking action comparable to extortion. The warning came in a Dec. 8, 2017, email from a National Governors Association staffer…
    Anna Manning, February 15, 2019
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    Guilford County Schools superintendent grateful N.C. legislature has increased public education funding

    Dr. Sharon Contreras, superintendent Guilford County Schools (GCS), testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor today. In her written testimony, she thanked the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly for increasing state appropriations for public schools.  She wrote, “I am grateful that the North Carolina state legislature has increased public education funding…
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2019
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    Daily Journal: Are we willing to accept cost of expanding Medicaid?

    Becki Gray writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: The governor’s behind it, and state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen is for it. Some freshmen legislators have made it a priority, some leaders in the N.C. House think it’s a good idea, and 32 states…
    Anna Manning, February 7, 2019
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    “God forbid if the rich leave”

    New York has received the “greatest revenue shock in recent years,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week. Cuomo said income taxes will be $2.3 billion lower than expected when he introduced a $178 billion budget last month. “That’s as serious as a heart attack. This is worse than…
    Joseph Coletti, February 7, 2019
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    Your tax dollars at work: Sleeping at the border edition

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon takes her latest campaign against dubious government spending to the southern U.S. border. The National Institutes of Health is spending roughly $1.5 million on a study of the sleep habits of Mexican Americans living along the U.S. border. The “border health”…
    Mitch Kokai, February 7, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that the state treasurer believes N.C. government doesn’t have enough debt capacity to build all road projects promised in a 2018 bond package. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal questions the costs of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina.  …
    Mitch Kokai, February 7, 2019
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    More tax-funded projects that sound stranger than fiction

    Noelle Callahan writes for TownHall.com about some of the most inexplicable research projects funded by American taxpayers. (They might remind you of Wake Forest’s “coked-up stimulus monkeys.”) And the winner of Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) January 2019 Squeal Award is…the National Institutes of Health (NIH)! … … “The…
    Mitch Kokai, February 4, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state debt advisory group’s decision to factor unfunded health and pension benefits into its calculations. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights N.C. evidence that government can shrink.
    Mitch Kokai, February 4, 2019