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    Sep
    28

    Three Things You Should Know About NC's Education Budget

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review, Education By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    New today at nccivitas.org is this article outlining three major things you should know about North Carolina's education budget. A sample from the article: The education budget has been increasing. First, contrary to the claims of many educators and the media, the education budget is not declining. General state appropriations for public education (i.e. K-12 […]

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    Sep
    22

    Senate Approves Corporate Welfare Expansion, $2 Billion Bond

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Last night the NC Senate unanimously approved an expansion of the state's Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG), which is a taxpayer-funded handout to companies meeting politically-invented "job creation" thresholds (translation: mostly hires people away from competitors). The compromise would increase the cap on incentive awards to $20 million a year. The cap would be […]

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    Sep
    18

    Legislators Reach Deal on Medicaid Reform; Will Expansion Follow?

    Posted in Civitas Review, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    As the state budget deal received final approval in the House and moves to the Governor's desk, another major issue is apparently being settle. Per WRAL   House Bill 372 will convert Medicaid from a fee-for-service program to a managed care model, in which insurers are paid a flat fee per patient they cover. The move […]

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    Sep
    16

    Sales Tax Distribution Proposal Explained

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Included in the state budget proposal being voted on this week is a provision to expand the sales tax base and alter how the local portion of the sales tax revenue is distributed among the counties.  At issue, more specifically, is how to distribute the additional revenue projected to be collected by the proposed expanded […]

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    Sep
    15

    State Budget Coverage

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review, Education By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    Be sure to check out the new articles up now at nccivitas.org examining the state budget deal just posted last night. This article outlines the "Top Ten Things You Should Know About the Budget Deal" This article summarizes the highlights from the education portion of the budget. 

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