Archive for May, 2015

So much for the charade of moderation in the General Assembly

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by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, May 28, 2015. When the state House passed its budget last week, Rep. Chuck McGrady noted its bipartisan support in a tweet that captured what the House leadership wanted people to think was happening in the General Assembly. “Sounds like the Speaker is leading from […]

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Why 2 good bills just joined 1 bad abortion bill

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by Peter St. Onge, The Charlotte Observer, May 27, 2015. Some particularly ugly sausage got made today in Raleigh. It involved two good bills filed back in March by Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Mecklenburg Democrat. One bill, SB418, would close a loophole in N.C. statutory rape laws by making those laws applicable in cases where victims […]

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NC Labor market improves, but slowly

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by John Quintero, South by North Strategies, May 27, 2015. In April, employers in North Carolina added 11,100 more jobs than they cut, with net gains occurring in the public and private sectors. Over the year, North Carolina gained 106,600 more jobs than it lost, due entirely to gains in the private sector. Although the […]

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Par for the course on UNC cuts

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Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, May 28, 2015. The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors pulled out its machete and got busy last week, slashing 46 degree programs across its 16-campus statewide network. Locally, the University of North Carolina Wilmington got off relatively easily. It will lose its degrees in physical education and musical performance, […]

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Random things in the House budget nobody is talking about

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by Sarah Curry, The Locker Room, May 27, 2015. Every year when the budget comes out people focus on the big items such as education and Medicaid, but what about those small things that no one really talks about? I want to highlight some of those today. All of these spending items came from the House […]

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Teacher shortage? Not according to NCTQ

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by Bob Luebke, Civitas Review online, May 27, 2015. In recent months news outlets have been awash with stories about a teacher shortage in North Carolina as well as nationally (see Education leaders address NC teacher shortage crisis and Fewer NC students seeking teaching degrees). Anyone who has been watching the education landscape knows this dominant narrative. There […]

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Florida MCOs demanding more money, creating budget headaches

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by Christine Jordan Sexton, SaintPetersBlog, May 27, 2015. Amid an ongoing dust-up over Florida’s healthcare spending, there are troubling signs that one of the reforms touted by Gov. Rick Scott may not be saving taxpayers money as initially promised. Scott signed into law in 2011 a measure that shifted Florida’s 3 million plus Medicaid patients into managed […]

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Will legislators override McCrory veto

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by Taylor Batten, The Charlotte Observer, May 28, 2015. Now that Gov. Pat McCrory has said he will veto Senate Bill 2 (“the magistrates bill”), all eyes turn back to legislators to see if they have the votes to override that veto. Before we give that a quick look, let’s pause to applaud the governor […]

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McCrory to veto Magistrates opting out of same-sex marriages

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by Laura Leslie, WRAL, May 28, 2015. Within hours of the House giving final approval to a bill that would allow magistrates and other public officials to refuse to perform marriages for religious reasons, Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he would veto the measure. Senate Bill 2 would allow magistrates and employees of county register […]

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State poised to move wrong way on environmental regulations

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Editorial by Winston-Salem Journal, May 27, 2015. The state Senate is poised to go along with the state House’s earlier approval of a reduction of environmental protections. By the time you read this, the Senate may have given final approval to that measure. If that’s the case, Gov. Pat McCrory should veto it. The Senate […]

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