A glaring gap in North Carolina’s Medicaid program


Changing North Carolina’s Medicaid system has been a major topic of debate the 2014 “short session” of the General Assembly. Common to most of the proposals under consideration is the principle of “integrated health care.” Integrated health care, or “whole person care,” refers to a system that offers coordinated physical and mental/behavioral health [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


475 million—amount in dollars of the original estimate of the cost in the current tax year of the tax reductions passed in 2013 (“State tax cut costs ballooning,” WRAL-TV, July 25, 2014) 4—number of days since the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly issued a memo revising the estimate of the cost [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


(The items in this edition of Monday numbers are from the report  “What’s the Harm? Plenty. Unemployment Insurance Changes Threaten the State’s Economy and Hurt the Unemployed” by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center, published in July of 2014) 14—maximum number of weeks laid off workers in North Carolina can receive unemployment insurance [Continue Reading...]

The Follies


It’s about McCrory, not the poet North Carolina’s embattled poet laureate resigned Thursday after a weeklong controversy about her qualifications and the procedure followed to make her appointment. That’s not exactly an everyday occurrence in North Carolina, a dustup about the state’s top poet position making headlines. But it is not really about [Continue Reading...]