Monday numbers

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24—number of states including North Carolina that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (“What Is the Result of States Not Expanding Medicaid?,” Urban Institute and Robert Wood Foundation, August 2014) 6.7 million—number of residents of the 24 states that will remain uninsured in 2017 as a result of the decision [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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3.2 million—amount in dollars of the original no-bid contract awarded to out-of-state consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal to manage the finances of the state Medicaid program (“DHHS doubles money paid in no-bid Medicaid contract,”  News & Observer, August 9, 2014) 6.8 million—amount in dollars of the no-bid contract awarded to Alvarez and Marsal [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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183—number of days since a massive coal ash spill at an abandoned Duke Energy power plant near Eden contaminated the Dan River with 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash and 24 million gallons of ash-contaminated wastewater (Appalachian Voices) 33—number of unlined coal ash pits that Duke Energy has at 14 sites throughout North Carolina [Continue Reading...]


The Follies

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Republican infighting derails coal ash bill It turns out the long “short” summer session of the General Assembly is not ending this weekend. Instead lawmakers are just taking a Congressional-like recess for a couple of weeks and reconvening in August and again in November. So much for limited and efficient government. There are [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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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...]