Archive: 2013 General Assembly

  • Public Budget Negotiations Result in Breakthrough

    RALEIGH — House and Senate budget negotiators cleared a major obstacle Wednesday by compromising on the Medicaid component of a $21 billion 2014-15 General Fund spending plan, but still face potentially prickly deliberations on Medicaid reform, teacher pay, and teacher tenure. Senators insisted that a Medicaid agreement would enable further…

  • Late Budget From NCGA Nothing New

    RALEIGH — Senate budget negotiators will meet Wednesday morning in a public “conference committee” to start ironing out differences between three fiscal plans: one proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory and two passed by each legislative chamber. The questions are whether House conferees will take part, and whether the Senate will…

  • McCrory Embraces JLF ‘Reverse Logrolling’ As Cost-Cutting Tool

    RALEIGH — As outlined in a June 23 memo from state budget director Art Pope to department heads and fiscal officers, each state department and agency would operate under the lower of the previously approved figures from the House and Senate for individual budget line items. Unlike the status quo,…

  • Critics: Separate Medicaid Agency May Be No Bargain

    RALEIGH — The state Senate’s proposed budget would carve Medicaid out of the Department of Health and Human Services in hopes of making it a more accountable, standalone agency with budget stability. But in Oklahoma, where that was done years ago, the results “are disastrous,” one critic of the Sooner…

  • Governor Draws Line on Medicaid Reform

    RALEIGH — Wednesday’s news conference was a pushback against the Senate’s call to run Medicaid through Managed Care Organizations — private, competing contractors that would have payments capped and would be required to accept all financial risk for budget overruns, relieving taxpayers of the burden. About three-fourths of the nation’s…

  • Film Industry Trashes Critique of Incentives

    RALEIGH — Lobbyists for North Carolina’s motion-picture industry, in an attempt to preserve an expiring taxpayer subsidy for film production in the state, are circulating two “talking points” documents to lawmakers attacking the credibility of those who have questioned the figures the industry uses to tout the value of the…

  • McCrory Signs Tax Bill Covering E-Cigs, Local Business Taxes

    RALEIGH — The Senate gave initial approval to House Bill 1050 Wednesday and made its final vote just after noon Thursday. The House concurred with the Senate version an hour later, and Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill at 4:05 p.m. The bill also did away with local privilege license taxes…