Archive for May, 2017

Refusal to expand Medicaid leaves dire consequences: WRAL

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

A CBC Editorial: Wednesday, May 31, 2017; Editorial # 8167 The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company  Leaders of North Carolina’s General Assembly can’t silence the truth by arresting the messengers and sending them off to jail.  The legislators’ refusal to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid, denying health care coverage to half a […]

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After SPIN! Video – “Will The Governor’s School program be replaced?”

| May 31, 2017 | 1 Comment

After SPIN! “Question to Brad and Becki – The Senate budget plans to eliminate some $800,000 from the 5 ½ week Governor’s School summer program. In its place Senators would start a Legislative School for Leadership and Public Service and a month-long science, math and engineering residential program. Longtime alumni of the Governor’s School are […]

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John Hood: NC Republicans make sensible tax cuts, honest budgets

| May 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

By John Hood | John Locke Foundation North Carolina Republicans has gotten right what Republicans elsewhere have gotten very wrong: how to construct sensible tax cuts and honest, conservative budgets. Liberal critics aren’t inclined to make the distinction. They opt for guilt by partisan association. In fairness, though, it’s not like GOP politicians in other […]

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Chris Fitzsimon writes senate leaders making bad

| May 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

By Chris Fitzsimon Since the Senate passed its disastrous budget, bad reviews keep rolling in about the choices Senate leaders made and the process they used to make them. Sen. Phil Berger and his staff are still busy scrambling to defend their partisan temper tantrum when Senate leaders recessed a late night session after Democrats […]

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After SPIN! Video – “What happens when the Senate passes a budget at 3am?”

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! “Question  to Chris and John – With all the recent bombshells coming out of Washington sometimes news from Raleigh gets overlooked. We’re specifically talking about the 3 a.m. budget passage by the State Senate, a process that mysteriously and without discussion stripped several Democratic areas of budget items. Chris, you wrote a column […]

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After SPIN! Video – “What Didn’t You Get To Say?”

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video from the May 28th program: In this video our panelists discuss what they didn’t get to say on last weeks show.

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Does the legislature need a curfew?

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Tom Campbell, Producer and Moderator, NC SPIN, May 25, 2017. “Nothing happens on the streets of this town after midnight that you need to be a part of,” my parents told me as a teen. Concerned I had neither the experience nor the judgment to impose this discipline on myself, they imposed a midnight […]

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The most shameful thing about the Senate budget

| May 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, May 24, 2017. The most shameful thing about the disastrous budget passed by the Senate two weeks ago is not the vindictive 3:00 a.m. budget cuts to education programs in Democrats’ districts. It’s not the paltry raise given to state workers after years of neglect […]

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Pay raise could lessen regulation

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Hood, Syndicated columnist and NC SPIN panelist, May 24, 2017. I have been writing a regular column on North Carolina politics and public policy since 1986. Over three decades of writing about and talking to politicians in Raleigh, few issues have come up more often than the relatively low pay that state legislators […]

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State needs an alternative to occupational licensing

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Jon Sanders, John Locke Foundation, May 25, 2017. For half a century, making any reform to a state’s occupational licensing system has been nigh on impossible. How hard? In 2015, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics could find “only eight instances of the de-licensing of occupations over the past 40 years.” In recent months, […]

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