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    Cut This, Go Home

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

    This week, Civitas has been running a series called "Cut This, Go Home." With the state budget still unresolved two months into the fiscal year, we figured we could remind legislators of some items they could cut in order to help wrap things up so they could all go home. After all, as Mark Twain […]

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    N&O Slays Straw Man to Avoid Actual Arguments

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

    Rob Christensen in this article takes the typical progressive debate tactic of completely mischaracterizing an opposing viewpoint, and then addressing that conjured up caricature rather than the actual arguments presented. In this case, the topic is unemployment insurance. In an article discussing a potential bill that would require unemployment benefit recipients to make five contacts inquiring […]

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    Second Budget Deadline Likely to be Missed

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour

    The chances for a state budget deal before the August 31 deadline are pretty slim. From WRAL: With just a week left before their second extended deadline, state lawmakers appear no closer to reaching agreement on their $21.74 billion budget plan.   House and Senate leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory announced last Tuesday they had […]

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    If CCNC Saves NC Medicaid So Much $$, Why is NC Medicaid So Expensive?

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

    In a report published this week by the Office of State Auditor, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) was found to have saved the state's Medicaid program millions of dollars.     During a 10-year period between 2003 and 2012, Community Care of North Carolina, or CCNC, helped keep patients out of the hospital and saved […]

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    State Budget Negotiations Go Into Second Overtime

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

    With still no agreement between the state House and Senate on a state budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that began on July 1, the House and Senate have come to an agreement to grant another continuing resolution – this one until until August 31.  State House and Senate lawmakers voted Wednesday to give themselves […]

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