Budgets (page 9)

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    How To Aid Economy During Coronavirus: Pass The Budget

    On Tuesday, March 10, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the state of North Carolina. At the time, there had been seven confirmed instances of the Coronavirus. As of the time of this writing, there are fourteen presumed cases in the state. Declaring a…
    Brenee Goforth, March 13, 2020
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    Democrat Sen. Wiley Nickel Could Single-Handedly Solve Budget Impasse: Why Won’t He?

    State senator Wiley Nickel and state representative Julie von Haefen, both Democrats from Wake County, are holding a press conference this afternoon to show how concerned they are about retirees and teachers. Sen. Nickel jumped the gun with a string of tweets last night calling for new negotiations on budget…
    Joseph Coletti, March 10, 2020
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    Transparency and local budgets

    This might be the first year in a long time that municipalities and counties live up to their financial reporting obligations if a law passed in 2019 works.
    Joseph Coletti, March 9, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on the state budget stalemate’s impact on community college pay. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges North Carolina to play the constitutional role of “cantankerous old coot.”…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2020
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    Managed Care Postponed Indefinitely: Budget Overflow Possible

    It has been over eight months since Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the General Assembly’s biennium state budget. This veto has left funding for many programs tied up for months on end. One such program is North Carolina’s transition to Medicaid managed care. As our Joe Coletti writes in his…
    Brenee Goforth, March 6, 2020
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    Tax votes split 4-4

    With a competitive Democratic presidential primary and a Republican incumbent, eight counties saw an opportunity to get voter approval for a sales tax referendum. This was the first presidential primary year with more an incumbent Republican and an open field for Democrats and the results for sales tax votes reflected…
    Joseph Coletti, March 4, 2020
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    CIO Magazine Shares North Carolina Pension Research

    The magazine, Chief Investment Officer (CIO), recently published an article about North Carolina’s pension system based on a joint report between the John Locke Foundation and the California-based Reason Foundation. The article’s author, Michael Katz, explains: An analysis of North Carolina’s Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS) says…
    Brenee Goforth, February 25, 2020
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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