Budgets (page 7)

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    Daily Journal: Both parties should prioritize savings

    John Hood writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: As the North Carolina General Assembly gathered for its Oct. 2 special session on Hurricane Florence relief, the state’s rainy-day fund stood at $2.01 billion. There was another $737 million in reserves earmarked for other purposes (including $104 million specifically…
    Anna Manning, October 3, 2018
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    Carolina Journal reports: General Assembly unanimously passes first Hurricane Florence relief package

    From Carolina Journal’s Dan Way: State lawmakers told tales of destruction of and struggles in hurricane-battered communities before unanimously approving $56.5 million spread over two emergency response bills. Debate was muted as members voted on the bipartisan measures, which House and Senate appropriations subcommittees approved earlier Tuesday, Oct. 2. With…
    Anna Manning, October 3, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that UNC-Chapel Hill’s handling of the controversial Silent Sam statue could become an election issue. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why both major parties should prioritize savings within the N.C. budget.
    Mitch Kokai, October 3, 2018
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    Spending your money before it runs out

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon exposes the latest evidence of poor federal fiscal stewardship. Federal agencies spent millions on cars, scooters, fidget spinners, and shuffleboards in an attempt to exhaust their budgets before they run out at the end of the fiscal year. An analysis of…
    Mitch Kokai, September 28, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    As North Carolina recovers from Hurricane Florence, state government will be able to tap into a “rainy-day fund” of about $2 billion. Joseph Coletti says that fund should prove beneficial in the weeks ahead. He explains how during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Roy Cordato…
    Mitch Kokai, September 28, 2018
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    CJ Reports: After nearly six years, Medicaid reform finally entering the home stretch

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal: The Cooper administration hasn’t seen eye-to-eye with Republican lawmakers over Medicaid reform. He began negotiating Medicaid expansion with Obama administration officials without legislative approval when he took office in January 2013. He said expansion could provide coverage for up to 650,000…
    Anna Manning, September 26, 2018
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    Special session for Florence relief may be needed, lawmakers say

    From Carolina Journal‘s Dan Way: The General Assembly could convene a special session to allocate Hurricane Florence recovery money from the state’s rainy day fund, although some money is available for use without the legislature’s approval. “We stand ready to do whatever is necessary to help this recovery move forward…
    Anna Manning, September 20, 2018
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    Brookings: States “deprived state governments of revenue”

    I’ll write about the entire Brookings study, Fixing Chronic Disinvestment in K-12 Schools, sometime soon.  For now, I’ll mention that this line did not sit well with me: Some of these cuts, particularly those made immediately following the recession, were a result of economic forces outside of states’ control. Once…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2018