Severe Side Effects of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Exchanges
Despite it's promises, the federal health care law will bring premium increases to many due to community rating provisions, increased regulation and mandates, and problems with premium and cost-sharing subsidies.
Total state spending has grown after both inflation and per capita adjustments
Regardless of how it is measured, state spending is increasing. North Carolina’s total state budget peaked in 2012, reaching more than $51 billion or $5,348 per capita, with federal spending totaling 45 percent of total expenditures.
How comparisons should be calculated but aren't
Over the last several years there have been a great many claims about energy subsidies for both renewables and traditional sources like coal and oil. The analysis hasn't, but should, focus on net subsidies, which includes both subsidies and penalties. The important question is - how are coercive policies distorting supply and demand relative to a free market?
Counter to their intent, Certificate of Need laws raise health care costs
Four decades’ worth of data and research into CON laws have shown that they fail to lower health care costs; if anything, they raise them. Despite this, North Carolina hosts one of the most restrictive CON programs in the country. State leaders could best prevent unnecessary increases in health care costs by repealing CON.
Why Community Care of North Carolina is Failing Patients, Taxpayers, and Policymakers
The current debate over N.C.'s Medicaid program pits defenders of the status-quo Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) model against reformers touting Governor McCrory’s proposed Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina. This report identifies and explains CCNC’s flaws and shows how the Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina is a far more effective approach to not only improve patient health, but also rein in Medicaid spending and save taxpayer dollars.
Setting the Stage for Economic Growth
In 2013, North Carolina implemented fundamental tax reform, with changes to personal and corporate income taxes and sales tax. The plan cuts taxes by about $4.75 billion over five years, assuming the state meets certain revenue triggers and implements the plan fully. The importance of reducing tax revenues is that it transfers resources from political to private sector control, enhancing the overall efficiency of how these resources are used.
Answers for North Carolinians
This updated primer serves to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Common Core State Standards and tests. North Carolina taxpayers should use it as a first step in assessing the massive changes underway in our public schools.
Sarah Curry is Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Previously, she worked for the North Carolina State Senate as a research assistant for the chairs of the Senate Agricultural Committee and headed the research efforts for the Regulatory Reform Committee. She brings a wealth of experience from her work in the private banking sector as an investment counselor and retail banker along with managing and staffing both state and federal campaigns across North Carolina.
She was born and raised in Dallas, North Carolina on her family's farm. Receiving two athletic scholarships, she moved to South Louisiana where she received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Government from Nicholls State University. She then earned her International Masters of Business Administration with a Plus Certificate in Finance from Gardner-Webb University. Her internship was spent in Washington, D.C. with the House of Representative's Financial Service Committee where she worked with staff during the TARP program negotiations.
She is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and lifetime Girl Scout member. Her hobbies include soccer officiating and being a Girl Scout leader. She resides in Apex, North Carolina with her husband.
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Dec 05, 2013
Sen. Kay Hagan and other Democrats defending the new health care law are blaming consumers for purchasing insurance coverage they wanted.
Nov 26, 2013
Relatively few North Carolina teachers leave the profession to teach in other states, a trend that has remained consistent no matter who was in charge of our political institutions.
Nov 21, 2013
The liberal education establishment has made its mark on North Carolina, and the results speak volumes.
Sep 06, 2012
The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.
Mar 21, 2012
The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.
Jan 16, 2012
In a Sunday piece, <i>The Charlotte Observer</i> employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.