KING COOPER’S MEDICAID DECREE?

Barack Obama tried to be a one-man ruler by executive order (a precedent liberals are suddenly concerned might come back to bite them.) Now with a rubber stamp Supreme Court, we hear Governor Cooper is planning Medicaid expansion by executive order. That would be illegal, since the legislature appropriates money and nothing is appropriated for giving single, childless, able-bodied, working-age … Read More

ONE MORE SHOT

Governor McCrory is calling the legislature back for one more session before the year –and his term – ends, to hit reset on House Bill 2. Which means reformers on Jones Street have one more shot to add two justices to the state Supreme Court and protect the reforms that have made North Carolina the fastest-growing economy in the nation. … Read More

12 REFORMS

CPR has been working on a conservative reform-themed 12 Days of Christmas. Until we put it in jingle form, here are 12 reforms the Legislature should pass: A Constitutional Amendment freezing income and sales tax rates. A Constitutional Amendment rebating half of budget surpluses to taxpayers and saving half. A Constitutional Amendment on school choice to protect it from a … Read More

OVERSEE STEIN

Although the media have made little of it, Josh Stein’s law firm got $600,000 from the federal government to oversee a National Mortgage Settlement with banks. And of course, the more money going to Stein, the less money going to people really hurt by mortgage fraud. Besides Josh Stein, where else did bank settlement money go? The Obama Administration sent … Read More

TAX REFORM AND DEFICIT THAT NEVER WAS

Remember when good old Ned Barnett blasted conservatives for running up a deficit by cutting taxes? Whoops. Ned’s deficit was a hoax because it was really a surplus. Here’s what nationally-known economic writer Steve Moore said. “Even with lower rates, tax revenues are up about 6% this year according to the state budget office. On May 6, Gov. McCrory announced … Read More

MORE TAX REFORM, MORE GROWTH.

Here’s the goal conservatives ought to have: Make North Carolina the best place in America – and indeed, the world – to do business. And the tax reform the Legislature began in 2013 is getting it done, by broadening the tax base and lowering the rates – a proven formula. Read what the N. C. Chamber, representing thousands of North … Read More

KENTUCKY MEDICAID MESS

Under a Democrat Governor, Kentucky fell for the free money from Washington trick and expanded Medicaid to single, childless, able-bodied adults who don’t work. Now new Republican Governor Matt Bevin needs to come up with $257 million because the free money is gone and now the state owes matching funds. Governor Bevin wants Medicaid expansion recipients to put some skin … Read More

BIG CON PAYS FOR SOME

Certificate of Need is aptly named CON. Because what’s said in defense of this government enforced, medical price fixing cartel is like a big con. First, the North Carolina Hospital Association says CON reduces healthcare costs. But anyone who ever took Economics 101 knows that when government CON regulations block new medical providers from entering the market to compete with … Read More

FIGHT FOR LOWER HEALTHCARE COSTS BACK

With a Senate Committee amending a House-passed bill naming a state cat with a repeal of the Certificate of Need Law that protects high-priced medical monopolies from competition, conservative reformers are back in the fight for lower healthcare costs. Certificate of Need (CON) cuts competition by forcing new medical providers to go through a minefield of NCDHHS regulations and roadblocks … Read More

OPPORTUNITY CRUSHERS II

For years, conservatives have been fighting to end North Carolina’s teacher tenure system that keeps bad teachers in the classroom, only to be blocked by the courts. And while judges bog down tenure reform, real children see their hopes for a better future crushed. Don’t believe it? Read what a New York school administrator writes in the Wall Street Journal … Read More