Welfare (page 12)

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    How many economic development bills are there?

    Governor McCrory wanted the legislature to address his desire to give more money away to corporations as soon as the session began.  Well, it worked!  So far the legislature has filed 15 bills dealing with economic development.  Oh, and guess what….none of them are to repeal the use of…
    Sarah Curry, March 19, 2015
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    High-Risk Federal Programs Report

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an update to its list of high-risk federal program areas, which is updated every two years. The Medicaid program remains on GAO’s list of designated high-risk programs, primarily due to its size and the variability of program structures from state to state. GAO…
    Sarah Curry, March 19, 2015
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    4 Republican legislators are pushing their version of “free” community college in NC

    If you thought President Obama’s stumping for “free” community college was nothing but hot air, you were likely wrong. It may have been mostly hot air, but the power of the bully pulpit is not to be underestimated. Here in North Carolina, home of a “trifecta” Republican government, legislators…
    Harry Painter, March 18, 2015
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    McCrory loves his Incentives

    The expected but disappointing large expenditures within McCrory’s budget were those tied to incentives.  Here are some of his highlights about expanding or creating new incentive programs across the state.  While his highlights have a positive spin on these programs, we all know they are really just disguised corporate…
    Sarah Curry, March 6, 2015
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    How does NC compare with other state budgets?

    This was presented in a joint appropriations committee meeting this morning.  Looks like there are plenty of states that are experiencing hard budget decisions this year…  …
    Sarah Curry, February 12, 2015
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    State Business Incentives Database

    Click on the map below to see how North Carolina’s 30 incentive programs compare with neighboring states. If you click on the blue button “View All State Programs” then you get a list of the program name, provider, and a description of the incentive.  We always hear a lot about…
    Sarah Curry, February 6, 2015
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    Federal Poverty Levels

    We often hear references to the federal poverty level when discussing government welfare programs.  I always get confused when I hear it in the form of a percentage since I don’t know what the poverty level is in terms of salary.  The simple answer is…it depends. The poverty level for…
    Sarah Curry, September 5, 2014
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    Some sobering statistics about government benefits

    If you buy into the notion of the menace and immorality of the welfare state, you are unlikely to find much comfort in newly released statistics Terence Jeffrey highlights for CNS.com. 109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally…
    Mitch Kokai, August 22, 2014