NC General Assembly (page 3)

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    North Carolina as a model for OPEB retiree health benefits

    Retiree health benefits today represent a $31 billion unfunded liability for state government on top of the $10 billion unfunded liability for state employee pensions. Daniel DiSalvo of the Manhattan Institute writes in a paper released today that North Carolina could offer a model for other states…
    Joseph Coletti, February 6, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports on mixed news linked to North Carolina’s student reading instruction. The Daily Journal explains why a long-running state budget impasse has not generated much public response.
    Mitch Kokai, January 28, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The Medicaid expansion lobby is cranking up its campaign again now that Kansas has decided to move forward with expansion. Jordan Roberts assesses the potential impact of Kansas’ decision on North Carolina during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joseph Coletti analyzes North Carolina’s current system…
    Mitch Kokai, January 24, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that the N.C. state treasurer is looking into the possible sale of New Hanover’s county-owned hospital. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal explains why no one should despair about the absence of a state budget.
    Mitch Kokai, January 24, 2020
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    Unanimous Appeals Court panel rejects Common Cause’s challenge of special 2016 legislative session

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court’s ruling against left-0f-center activist group Common Cause’s challenge of laws enacted during a special 2016 legislative session. Most provisions of those laws were designed to restrict the power of incoming Gov. Roy Cooper. Some…
    Mitch Kokai, January 21, 2020
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    NCAE tests the waters for a teacher strike

    According to the Citizen Times, the NCAE Organize 2020 Racial and Social Justice Caucus, the extreme left-wing of N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), “is circulating surveys online that ask teachers how many days of work they’d be willing to miss in order to obtain more funding…
    Terry Stoops, January 20, 2020
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    Roberts’ Review: 2019 NC Health Policy

    JLF’s health care researcher Jordan Roberts is recapping the health care legislation that passed (and didn’t pass) in North Carolina’s last legislative session. Medicaid Expansion Roberts writes: Medicaid expansion was a question of whether to expand our state’s Medicaid program to include able-bodied, working-age adults…
    Brenee Goforth, January 16, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports on the limited action in the General Assembly’s latest one-day session. Brooke Conrad and Kari Travis report on the potential impact of a transparency lawsuit linked to UNC’s Silent Sam controversy. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights a dramatic fall in child poverty.
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020