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WIN-WIN AMENDMENTS. DON’T PASS THEM UP.

Reforming state government is the right thing to do. And sometimes, it happens to be great politics. A conservative majority shouldn’t pass up those win-win opportunities. Take three constitutional amendments being considered by the legislature: Letting voters decide if we should lower the state income tax cap, and put a tighter handcuff of big-spending politicians, […]

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PRE-SESSION SURVEY: NORTH CAROLINIANS FAVOR MERIT PAY, MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS AND SPENDING LIMIT

As lawmakers head back to Raleigh, a statewide poll conducted on behalf of the Carolina Partnership for Reform shows strong support for major education and tax reforms: merit pay raises for teachers, expansion of opportunity scholarships, tax cuts for the middle class, and the Constitutional Amendment known as the Taxpayer Protection Act. Read the entire […]

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TAX BREAK POKER GEORGIA STYLE

The spirit of Doc Holiday is still alive and well in Georgia. He was the Georgia dentist who made his name as a gambler and gun slinger in the old west. Recently, the CEO of Delta Airlines declared the Georgia Legislature should raise taxes for transportation. Georgia politicians called his bluff. They repealed the $16 […]

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COMPETITION SHOULD DECIDE MEDICAID FIX

North Carolina needs more funding for everything from teacher salaries to transportation. But taxpayers aren’t a bottomless pit either. Since 2009,the State Auditor says Medicaid has overspent the budget by $5 billion. The latest audit determined the $63 million Medicaid surplus NCDHHS bragged about was really another $300 million deficit. (WRAL) CPR Blog Post: Disappearing […]

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MEDICAID EXPANSION SHIFTS COST TO TAXPAYERS

We told you how ObamaCare guru Professor Jonathan Gruber found six out of ten people signing up for free government health insurance during Medicaid expansions between 1996-2002 were leaving private insurance they likely had been paying something to get. (CPRNC) Now the Kaiser Foundation has studied the finances of Ascension Health, America’s largest nonprofit hospital […]

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MEDICAID MONSTER OR FREE TUITION?

Should the Legislature fix Medicaid or let the UNC bureaucracy keep raising tuition? That question is pertinent given a new report from UVA and Moody’s Analytics showing the impact of growing state spending on entitlements compared to shrinking spending on other priorities like higher education. The study says Medicaid is crowding out higher education. “While […]

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MEDICAID TWITTER WAR

The Medicaid expansion debate in Florida is playing out on twitter. Check out this Orlando Sentinel story. “Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, the fiercest opponent of Medicaid expansion in the House and the next in line to become House Speaker in 2016, defended his position in a series of tweets over the weekend. The burst […]

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ANOTHER STUDY SHOWS MEDICAID SPENDING GROWTH

According to the Pew Charitable Trust, Medicaid consumed 10.9% of North Carolina tax dollars in 2000 and 14.1% in 2013,a 29% jump in Medicaid’s claim on our revenue. (Pew Trusts) Contrast Medicaid’s rising consumption between 2000 and 2013 with the 10% drop in the share of the budget going to public schools. In the Governor’s […]

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