Gov. Roy Cooper

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that there’s no easy path for a budget veto override in the N.C. Senate. On Constitution Day, Jon Guze’s Daily Journal explains why that founding document was designed to protect the United States when its leaders are poised to do damage.
    Mitch Kokai, September 17, 2019
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    Gov. Cooper is wrong about pay gap for teachers and state employees

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s official Twitter account posted earlier today that the budget “pays teachers less than state employees.” Teachers make on average $53,975 per year. State employees earn on average $48,748. The budget provides an average 3.9 percent raise for teachers and an average 2.5 percent raise…
    Joseph Coletti, September 12, 2019
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    CJ Reports: GOP lawmakers vow to speed disaster relief for Hurricanes Florence and Matthew

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Brooke Conrad reported on North Carolina’s slow-moving response to hurricanes Florence and Matthew. Conrad writes: Jones County residents are still feeling the effects of recent hurricanes. At least one of the county’s three towns remains flooded, and two of its six schools were condemned. … Last…
    Brenee Goforth, August 29, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Cooper allows Association Health Plan law, cheering small business owners

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak reported on the Association Health Plan bill that recently became law. Havlak reports: The new law will allow small businesses to cluster under Association Health Plans when bargaining with health insurers over their premiums. Small businesses could save from $8,700…
    Brenee Goforth, August 27, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Roy Cooper allowing a bill for Association Health Plans to become law without his signature. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how a piecemeal approach to the state budget could resolve an ongoing impasse.
    Mitch Kokai, August 26, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Legislature’s piecemeal budget plan could put governor on defense

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Brooke Conrad wrote an article on the current budget impasse in North Carolina. According to Conrad: Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper insists Medicaid expansion be included in the General Fund budget, and the Republican-dominated General Assembly unequivocally refuses. Lawmakers passed a budget bill and sent to it the…
    Brenee Goforth, August 23, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: We deserve representation over blind political allegiance

    This week, Becki Gray, Vice President of the John Locke Foundation published an opinion piece in Carolina Journal. Her piece focused on what the state is leaving unfunded every day it does not have a budget resolution. Here is a list of some measures that are included in the proposed…
    Brenee Goforth, August 23, 2019
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    Refunding the surplus?

    My commentary yesterday on the possibility of refunding some or all of the surplus to people has generated some discussion, thanks in part to a simpler version on this blog and to comments on Twitter. A couple suggestions seemed worth pursuing. First, refunding money to taxpayers using the…
    Joseph Coletti, August 15, 2019