KASICH MEDICAID FOR CONS

Ohio Governor John Kasich has three different agencies signing convicts up for free Medicaid benefits with no work requirement. And Fox News is likely to put him in the Presidential debate while Carly Fiorina, who climbed from secretary to CEO, gets bumped. A travesty. (Columbus Disbatch)

23% OF MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAID RECIPIENTS DON’T RESPOND

In Massachusetts, over a hundred thousand Medicaid recipients or 23% didn’t respond on an eligibility check. (WBUR) Governor Baker says the state is on track to save $700 million by cleaning up the rolls. Is NCDHHS listening? An independent Medicaid Authority would be paying attention.

DOES LEGISLATURE CARE ABOUT RURAL NC?

The AP details how the Senate’s sales tax formula adjustment will help rural economies. “A handful of storefronts remain open in downtown Yanceyville, where half of a former clothing store has been turned into a law office and an old barber shop is now vacant. Down the road, Caswell County’s closest thing to a big-box store is the Walmart Express, … Read More

OBAMACARE MEDICAID EXPANSION REDUCES WORK

Conservative reformers make a common sense argument that giving people more free welfare entitlements removes the incentive to work. ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion is a good example of killing work incentives according to the Congressional Budget Office. The Wall Street Journal reports ”In addition to concluding that the law as a whole will reduce the size of the labor force by … Read More

Greece, Puerto Rico and North Carolina’s $26 Billion Hole

As conservative reformers in the Senate work to lower the $26 billion unfunded liability in healthcare promises for state retirees, impending bankruptcy in Greece and Puerto Rico shows the danger of huge debt. Legislators need to come together and get this problem fixed.

VOTERS BACK CORPORATE TAX CUT

The April poll by Americans for Prosperity shows voters believe tax cuts, not more spending, boost the economy. In general, which of the following is a more effective way to spur economic growth: increase government spending OR lower taxes? (ROTATE) Increase government spending 11% Lower taxes 74% Not sure 14% And voters agree corporate tax cuts do more for the … Read More

JOSH STEIN. DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO SENATOR

Liberal Senator Josh Stein says Republicans give tax cuts to the rich. And he says he doesn’t like it. But let’s consider a few facts. According to the Washington Post, Senator Stein was hired by former Mike Easley banking commissioner Joseph Smith to help oversee the Obama Administration’s $25 billion national mortgage settlement. Smith is monitoring the settlement for the … Read More

HOOD: SENATE PLOTS THE RIGHT COURSE

Here’s Carolina Journal’s John Hood’s budget take: “According to the Tax Foundation, the Senate’s tax changes would improve North Carolina’s business-tax climate to 14th in the nation, up from 16th. Its savings deposits would dramatically improve state government’s balance sheet. Its spending discipline is commendable.” (Carolina Journal)

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 modernize state compensation to meet … Read More

SALES TAX REFORM NEEDED FOR RURAL ECONOMY

New numbers show North Carolina’s economy is going in the right direction. Tax reduction and fiscal discipline is working to help business owners create jobs twenty percent faster than the national average. South By North Strategies explains ”Between April 2014 and April 2015, unemployment rates fell in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties and in all 15 of the state’s … Read More