Budgets (page 5)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak and Lindsay Marchello report for Carolina Journal Online on a stopgap spending measure that cleared the N.C. House Wednesday. The Daily Journal focuses on the partisan divide surrounding a pay-as-you-go plan for statewide school construction.
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2019
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    Cooper panders to union by proposing phase-out of voucher programs

    Governor Cooper released a compromise budget yesterday that included the discontinuation of funding for North Carolina’s school choice programs.  The press release outlines a plan that would “Maintain private school vouchers in the base budget for those who now use them, but do not include additional money or special…
    Terry Stoops, July 10, 2019
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    Cooper’s claimed compromise

    Gov. Roy Cooper offered a budget counteroffer that would be hard to classify as a compromise. It still includes Medicaid expansion, a $3.5 billion bond (10% less than his original $3.9 billion plan), rejects a franchise tax reduction, and refuses to expand the number of Opportunity Scholarships. The proposal…
    Joseph Coletti, July 9, 2019
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    Exposing Criminal Justice Reform Myths

    Criminal justice contrarian John Pfaff recently published an article in which he explodes five “myths about prisons.” According to Pfaff, “Much of the debate about criminal justice is built on misconceptions that often push reform in inadequate and even counterproductive directions.” The piece is worth reading in full, but…
    Jon Guze, July 8, 2019
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    Costs of Medicaid Expansion

    When a politician starts talking about free things, you know to check your wallet. Medicaid expansion, in all its varieties, is no different. It would add $4.2 billion to state spending in fiscal year 2020-21, a 27 percent increase over Medicaid without expansion, and 7.4 percent more than total state…
    Joseph Coletti, July 8, 2019
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    Pre-recession spending and today’s budget

    We hear a lot about the need to return spending to pre-recession levels. And spending grew a lot just before the recession. The budget grew 8.9% in fiscal year 2006-07 and another 9.0% in fiscal year 2007-08. What doesn’t get mentioned is that the Democratic General Assembly and Democratic Gov.
    Joseph Coletti, July 8, 2019
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    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
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    Becki Gray: 17 Things In Conference Budget That Protect and Promote Freedom

    Do you know what’s in the North Carolina state budget Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed? JLF’s Becki Gray takes a look and finds lots of reasons to celebrate. She’s calling it North Carolina’s Freedom Budget. Here are 3 of the 17 reasons. By restraining spending growth to…
    Donna Martinez, July 5, 2019