NCDP Clips for Monday, June 8th, 2015


NCDP Clips for Monday, June 8th, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

SHOCKING? NOT! State Senate likely to delay budget release (Raleigh News & Observer) – The N.C. Senate will likely delay budget votes originally slated for Wednesday and Thursday, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown.

States Confront Wide Budget Gaps Even After Years of Recovery (New York Times) — Only 25 states have passed budgets for the coming year, and many of the bitterest fights are not between the two parties, but between conservative and centrist Republicans.

POLICY & POLITICS

State owes medical providers for caring for poor, elderly (Raleigh News & Observer) — The state Medicaid office owes medical providers nearly two years worth of back payments for poor, elderly patients, an expense that will increase past and future costs, according to the state budget office. The state has not been properly paying providers for patients who use both Medicare, the federal government health insurance for the elderly, and Medicaid, the government health insurance for the poor. Providers have been complaining since the state first started using a new Medicaid payment system called NCTracks in July 2013 that they were being underpaid, but the state did not start making those payments until March of this year.

10 Senate races most likely to switch parties in 2016 elections (Washington Post) — Senate Democrats are well positioned in 2016 both in terms of the landscape — they are defending just 10 seats compared with 24 for Republicans — and the early-recruitment wars. So much so that it’s clear they have at least a shot at winning back the Senate majority in November 2016. …. The key for Democratic chances at the majority lies in landing top-tier recruits such as Gov. Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire and former senator Kay Hagan in North Carolina.

Experts Address North Carolina Death Penalty System (Public News Service) — North Carolina’s death penalty system is broken, say criminal justice experts, and they stress the recent pardon of two inmates by Gov. Pat McCrory is proof of that.

EDITORIALS

Don’t whitewash history – learn from it (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Getting rid of our history, even when it brings tears, is not a good idea.

Pistol permit system should stay in place (Rocky Mount Telegram) — Legislation that would end North Carolina’s pistol permitting system is expected to come to a floor vote this week in the N.C. House.

Hey N.C. GOP, going my way? (Charlotte Observer column) — Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/eric-frazier/article23220741.html

Legislature continues to wage culture war (Asheville Citizen-Times) — For those who think the culture wars are over, we present the North Carolina General Assembly, circa the first week of June 2015. Lawmakers have kept busy on socially divisive legislation while our roads crumble and other states’ economies overtake ours. This prompts the question: Why have legislators put so much focus on these peripheral issues? … We’d love to think there would be a way to keep the legislature from doing anything stupid. Unfortunately, available evidence indicates that horse has left the barn.