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MCCRORY’S PRIORITIES REFLECTED IN BUDGET

Governor McCrory proposed a fiscally responsible budget that keeps spending in line with the growth of population and inflation. While the House blew past the spending limit -hiking spending 21/2 times faster than the Taxpayer Protection Act -the Senate has kept spending under control, matching Governor McCrory’s $21.5 billion request. While the Governor wants to […]

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MEDICAID EATS EDUCATION

Is growing Medicaid entitlement spending crowding out spending on education? Look at the numbers in the proposed House budget and make up your own mind. 2015 Base 2015 Appropriation 2016 Appropriation Increase Schools $8.106 billion $8.374 billion $8.456 billion $350 million 4.30% Medicaid $3.533 billion $3.770 billion $3.934 billion $401 million 11.40% Medicaid spending will […]

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BAD MATH AND THE RETURN OF THE DEMOCRATS

According to the News and Observer, the State House is considering a budget that increases General Fund spending $1.3 billion next year or 6.3%. Defending the 6.3% spending increase – the biggest since Chapel Hill Democrat Joe Hackney was Speaker of the House and Mike Easley was Governor – a Republican budget writer declared it […]

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THE HIGH COST OF TEACHER TENURE

The Wall Street Journal (5/14) recently reported numbers on the cost of low performing teachers on their students. Often protected by tenure laws that make it hard to remove poorly performing teachers, the difference between a teacher in the bottom five percent and an average one is $9000 in lifetime earnings lost for a student. […]

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IOWA DEMOCRATS DOUBLE MANAGED CARE SAVINGS

Iowa Democrats and Republicans are fighting about Medicaid managed care savings estimates. And the Democrats believe reforming Medicaid with managed care will save over twice as much money as Republican Governor Terry Branstad says. Branstad, who proposed bringing managed care companies in to run Medicaid, predicted $51 million in savings. Iowa Senate Democrats say the […]

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MANAGED CARE MEDICAID KEY TO BUDGET

A whole bunch of spending ideas are floating through the State House. Spending for Hollywood movie producers. And Community College scholarships. And tax breaks on old buildings. Spending on incentives. And low income housing. And deductions for seniors. Don’t forget everybody wants more for teachers and state employees. The Governor wants more for courts, textbooks, […]

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MEDICAID MONSTER THREATENS GOVERNOR’S SOUND BUDGET

A predictable, overblown reaction from the bigger government lobby at the News and Observer is a clear signal Governor McCrory produced a fiscally responsible budget last week. While limiting overall spending growth below population plus inflation, the Governor devotes an additional $237 million to public education to hire 1400 new teachers, raise teacher pay, buy […]

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ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MORALITY OR MASSACRE?

On Valentine’s Day, the Democratic Party’s shock troops, the Moral Monday protesters, gathered in Raleigh under the command of Moral arbiter in chief, NAACP President William Barber. Reverend Barber bills his protest march as right, namely himself , against wrong, the ”extremist” Republican Legislature. And to put it mildly, the philosophical difference between Barber’s Democrats […]

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