Budgets (page 6)

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    WRAL misinterprets its own poll results

    WRAL used results from a poll that makes no mention of the budget fight to claim, “[Gov. Roy] Cooper is winning the popular vote in the ongoing battle.” The poll asked voters a hypothetical question about expanding Medicaid that obfuscates the budget cost and consequences, let alone the…
    Joseph Coletti, February 24, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The John Locke Foundation and a dozen other free-market public policy groups across the country have joined forces to support a nationally important lawsuit. It’s designed to protect workers’ rights. Jon Guze discusses the case’s significance during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders explains…
    Mitch Kokai, February 21, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Brooke Conrad reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C.  Appeals Court’s decision to block voter ID indefinitely. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why a federal court decision against Medicaid work requirements should help end North Carolina’s state budget impasse.
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2020
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    High property taxes are the hangover of local spending

    North Carolina has a number of policies and practices to ensure budget sustainability for local governments and their taxpayers. Sales tax increases must be approved by voters at times when every precinct votes, which generally means in primaries or general elections and are acknowledged to be for general purposes. The…
    Joseph Coletti, February 14, 2020
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    Borrowing without taxpayer permission could raise costs 20 percent

    Although Wake County projects enrollment to grow just 0.7% over the next six years, commissioners still plan to borrow money for school construction this year. They plan to do it without a vote of taxpayers, which would mean a 20% larger tax increase to cover higher interest…
    Joseph Coletti, February 13, 2020
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    Companies Lose $3-5 Million/Month Waiting for Medicaid Transition

    Things have gotten complicated for the medical insurance providers who signed up to cover North Carolina’s Medicaid population under the new managed care system. North Carolina was scheduled to transition to managed care in November of last year, but the funding for the program is tied up in the…
    Brenee Goforth, February 12, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that N.C. health officials say the state budget stalemate might put them in the red. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why a budget based on a “rosy scenario” is not conservative.
    Mitch Kokai, February 12, 2020
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    What gives? Is this the Medicaid we want to expand?

    In response to stories of layoffs at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Brian Balfour at the Civitas Institute found that the agency has spent 12% more through December compared to the prior fiscal year. Looking closer, Medicaid spending is $261 million ahead of last year ($90…
    Joseph Coletti, February 11, 2020