Budgets (page 3)

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    Budget 2019: What about North Carolina’s AAA credit rating?

    “We might need a rating agency to threaten [North Carolina’s AAA bond rating] for us to see both sides return to the table in earnest.” Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi, an economics professor at Winston-Salem State University, told the Winston-Salem Journal. This begs the question: What about current spending threatens North Carolina’s…
    Joseph Coletti, July 31, 2019
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    Budget 2019: Borrowing to Balance the Budget

    Joseph Coletti, Senior Fellow at the John Locke Foundation, released a research brief this week on Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest budget proposals. While the governor’s proposals have variations, they both contain a common theme: borrowing. Coletti describes the governor’s proposals: Gov. Roy Cooper has sought more debt and more current…
    Brenee Goforth, July 31, 2019
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    Is Subsidizing Film Production Counterproductive?

    This week, JLF’s Director of Regulatory Studies, Jon Sanders, published a research brief examining a recent study conducted by economics professor, Dr. John Charles Bradbury. The study, published by Western Carolina University’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise, titled “What Do Film Incentives Mean for the North Carolina…
    Brenee Goforth, July 31, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Temporary spending measure likely to become law, with or without governor

    According to Carolina Journal reporter Lindsay Marchello’s latest story, House Bill 961 passed both chambers of the General Assembly unanimously this month. The bill is meant to address part of the budget impasse. Marchello explains: House Bill 961, or Ensuring the Authorization of Federal Funds, is a stopgap measure…
    Brenee Goforth, July 30, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that a temporary stopgap N.C. spending measure is likely to become law with or without Gov. Cooper’s signature. The Daily Journal from CJ editors urges N.C. policymakers to take partisanship out of redistricting.
    Mitch Kokai, July 30, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online that the trial over N.C. legislative election maps ended with both sides questioning experts’ credibility. Kari Travis interviews UNC System interim President William Roper about the university’s budget. John Hood’s Daily Journal argues that government censorship poses a larger threat…
    Mitch Kokai, July 29, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Folwell offers better deal — and new deadline — for hospitals to join State Health Plan project

    This week, State Treasurer Dale Folwell changed the conditions for the State Health Plan, as reported by Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak. Folwell reportedly increased the reimbursement rate for hospitals and shortened the deadline for health care providers to opt into the Clear Pricing Project. Havlak writes: In his latest attempt…
    Brenee Goforth, July 26, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A little-known piece of the state budget called the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund has become a sticking point in North Carolina’s budget debate. Joseph Coletti explains the SCIF and its potential role in paying for school construction projects across the state. Mike Schietzelt explains the need for a revamped…
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2019