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  1. Nov

    McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    A new article now up at (after first being published by the Charlotte Observer) offers words of caution for Gov. Pat McCrory and his continued flirtation with Medicaid expansion.  Some highlights from the article: If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015. In the […]

  2. Nov

    Disgraced Obamacare Architect Was Hired to Consult on NC Medicaid Reform

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    From WRAL: State Auditor Beth Wood has terminated a contract with MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber after the health care policy expert came under fire for controversial comments involving how the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. ……The auditor's office will end up paying Gruber $100,000 for work that has already been completed. … Months […]

  3. Nov

    Medicaid Expansion in NC Unlikely in 2015

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    Medicaid expansion is likely off the table for 2015, in spite of Gov. McCrory's statements expressing his interest in expanding the program, due to heavy opposition in the state legislature. According to today's N&O: Any plan Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration presents for expanding Medicaid would have a tough time getting through the state legislature. A […]

  4. Nov

    Audits Find "Litany of Waste" in Triangle Nonprofit Receiving Billions in Taxpayer Funds

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

    The Washington Examiner today published this article exposing a decade of poor government auditor reports for the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), perhaps the area's largest nonprofit organization. Between 2006 and 2014, U.S. Agency for International Development inspector general auditors found that RTI International officials: • Invented "fictional beneficiaries" and "possibly even fictional spray operators" in an anti-malaria campaign in Ghana. […]

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    The Hunt Institute: Taxpayer-Funded Advocacy

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

    This week's edition of the Waste of the Week is the Hunt Institute. The UNC-Chapel Hill affiliate has been receiving millions of taxpayer dollars for years to advance highly politicized public education policies. The Institute is not some neutral research center offering unbiased advice on how to improve education. Rather, it admittedly wants to “mobilize […]