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NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOLS IMPACTED BY ILLEGAL MINORS

Friday, September 5th, 2014

 

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Carolina Journal News Reports

Counties Worry About Cost of Immigrant-Minor Influx

Mecklenberg, Durham, Wake facing $7 million price tag

Sep. 4th, 2014

RALEIGH — Most of the 1,429 unaccompanied minors relocated to North Carolina after they entered the United States illegally were released to host families in Mecklenburg, Durham, and Wake counties, raising health and safety concerns, as well as concerns about increased education costs to local governments.

Estimated additional costs to absorb the influx of unaccompanied minors, based on 2012-13 state, federal, and local per-pupil education and capital-expense records, would be more than $7 million for the three counties alone: $4.07 million in Mecklenburg County, $1.79 million in Durham County, and $1.51 million in Wake County.

Those numbers are based on average per-pupil costs, and do not include additional state and federal funding required for students from low-income families, students who are English language learners, and students who have disabilities. And with waves of unaccompanied minors still streaming into the country, it is uncertain how many more will be relocated to North Carolina.

A just-released report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform says North Carolina statewide will pay $20,861,808 in additional education costs this school year, ranking it No. 11 among the states, due to the influx of the unaccompanied minors. FAIR says the national cost will be $761 million.

“We have had concern about the lack of a transparent plan from the Obama Administration to deal with this situation in a humanitarian and practical way,” said Alexandra Lefebvre, spokeswoman at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the state agency at the forefront of the situation.

“In the last few weeks, the federal government has provided some aggregate county level data, more specifics about the background checks, and indicated where sponsors could retrieve medical records for unaccompanied alien children,” Lefebvre said.

“This information, while piecemeal, has provided some additional assurances. We are still hoping to get additional information, such as how children are receiving appropriate follow-up care, or what is the Obama Administration’s plan to ensure the sponsors maintain appropriate contacts with our legal system,” she said. (more…)

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MEDICAID IN NORTH CAROLINA

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

 

CAROLINA JOURNAL

Medicaid in North Carolina

| October 3, 2013 |

Becki Gray      by Becki Gray, Carolina Journal, October 3, 2013.

Before Obamacare, before individual mandates, before exchanges, there was Medicaid. Started in 1965 under President Johnson as part of his War on Poverty, Medicaid extended health insurance coverage to low-income Americans.

Today, Medicaid is the largest publicly funded insurance program in the country. It serves low-income families, the elderly, and disabled. One In five Americans is on Medicaid, more than one-third of the births in the United States are covered by Medicaid, and one-fourth of U.S. children get health care through Medicaid.

Medicaid covers one in nine North Carolinians — 1.6 million of us — and 51 percent of births are covered by Medicaid, the sixth-highest rate in the nation.

Medicaid is funded jointly by the state and federal governments. North Carolina’s share of the program is about $3 billion, while total Medicaid spending in N.C. is closer to $14 billion.

Medicaid spending has grown 90 percent over the last decade and is the fastest-growing part of our state budget, with spending rising by 15 percent in 2011-12; 16.8 percent in
2012-13; and a projected 17.2 percent in 2014-15.

North Carolina’s Medicaid costs are the highest in the South and among the highest in the nation. We have more people enrolled and spend more per patient than neighboring states. Twenty-five percent of the state’s primary care physicians aren’t accepting new Medicaid patients, limiting access, reducing health outcomes for patients, and driving up costs.

Uncontrolled expenses result in consistent budget overruns. Just this year, legislators faced a $400 million shortfall. Since Medicaid is a federal entitlement program, it has to be funded before anything else. Medicaid is the biggest driver of state budget decisions, crowding out other priorities. (more…)

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OBAMACARE’S MEDICAID EXPANSION EXPLAINED

Monday, March 11th, 2013

 

OBAMACARE’S MEDICAID EXPANSION EXPLAINED –   by John Hood,    Carolina Journal

 

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FOOD POLICE – SCHOOL INSPECTS HOMEMADE LUNCHES

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Carolina Journal News Reports

Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced

with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

State agent inspects sack lunches, forces preschoolers to purchase cafeteria food instead

Feb. 14th, 2012

RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.

The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.

“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County. (more…)

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‘VIRTUAL THIRD PARTY’ TARGETS N.C. BALLOTS

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

CAROLINA JOURNAL

the Charlotte Observer – www.CharlotteObserver.com

Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

By Jim Morrill

A national online effort to find and nominate a candidate for president has begun a petition drive to get that candidate on the ballot in North Carolina.

Americans Elect, described as a “virtual Third Party,” hopes to mobilize tens of thousands of people across the country to recommend and then vote on a presidential ticket in 2012.

Organizers say they’ve already gotten the 1.6 million signatures they need to get on the ballot in California.

“There’s a real hunger out there for a third ticket in 2012 and for folks to participate in a more meaningful way in a primary,” Elliot Ackerman, the group’s chief operating officer, told the Observer on Monday. “Not just people who live in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire but every American.”

The group’s board of advisers includes Mark Erwin of Charlotte, an investor and former U.S. ambassador, former FBI Director William Webster and Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.

Its website says the nonprofit group plans to use the Internet “to help break gridlock and change politics as usual.”

Basically, the plan works like this: (more…)

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THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Carolina Journal Exclusives

The State of the State (of Higher Education)

Chronicle reports on funding, degree trends at N.C. colleges

Sep. 28th, 2011

RALEIGH — Every year, The Chronicle of Higher Education releases its fact-filled almanac issue, which provides useful information about colleges and universities in every state. Some of the key findings about North Carolina are noted here.

To begin with, North Carolina has 16 public four-year institutions, 59 public two-year institutions, 44 private nonprofit four-year institutions, one private non-profit two-year institution, and 17 private for-profit institutions. These add up to a total of 137 higher education institutions in the state.

University finances

Despite the economic downturn, university funding and spending grew in 2011.

• State and federal support for higher education in North Carolina rose 6 percent between academic years 2009-10 and 2010-11.

• Two of the 99 American institutions that charged more than $50,000 for tuition, fees, room, and board in 2010-11 are located in North Carolina: Wake Forest University ($50,980) and Duke University ($51,865). (more…)

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COERCIVE GOVERNMENT METHODS VIE WITH FREE-MARKET METHODS TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY

Saturday, August 20th, 2011
CAROLINA JOURNAL – A monthly journal of news, analysis and opinion from the John Locke Foundation (A conservative think tank located in Raleigh)

AUGUST 2011

RALEIGH     North Carolina

Approaches Abound About How to Ensure Adequate Water Supply
Coercive government methods vie with free-market methods

By Sara Burrows
Associate Editor

North Carolina does not have
adequate water supplies to
support anticipated population
growth over the next 30 years, the
General Assembly’s Environmental
Review Commission reports. Lawmakers,
academics, and industry leaders
are scrambling for solutions. Everyone
agrees water is scarce. What they don’t
agree on is what to do about the scarcity.
At a water sustainability symposium
held July 14 at North Carolina
State University, environmentalists and
leaders in the irrigation, landscaping,
and agricultural industries suggested
government incentives and mandatory
restrictions
to get people to save water.
Free-market economists say that strategy
is the wrong approach. They say
prices, rather than government regulations,
should determine water use.


Consumers queried
North Carolinians would rather
face mandatory water-use restrictions
than pay higher prices, said Barbara
Fair, a horticulture professor at N.C.
State. She drew those conclusions from
a survey conducted by the university.
Water customers were asked
whether they would prefer a $20
monthly increase in their water bills
to outdoor watering restrictions. More
than three of five respondents — 62
percent — chose restrictions. From
this, Fair concluded, “The vast majority
of people do not want to be charged
higher prices.”
Fair noted that “watering restrictions
did not seem to reduce water
use,” but still said restrictions were
preferable to price increases.
Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg,
said the survey results were
not surprising. “People tend to think
the restrictions are going to hit somebody
else,” she said. Or those surveyed
may have been thinking of more innocuous
water restrictions “like low-flow
showerhead and low-flow toilet and
other conservation measures, the kind
people don’t notice as much
. That’s
usually where they start — requiring
[new] fixtures and retrofits,” she said.
But as North Carolinians experienced
during the 2008 drought, watering
restrictions can turn into “water
police,” resulting in fines
when people
water their lawns or wash their cars
during restricted periods. And if conservationists
had their way, per-household
maximums would be imposed on
water users.
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CAROLINA JOURNAL

Monday, June 13th, 2011
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June 13, 2011 – carolinajournal.com
Carolina Journal Exclusive

Government Jobs Untouched by the Great Recession
By Don Carrington
RALEIGH — Public sector employment levels in North Carolina have been stable since the start of the recession in December 2007. It would take a loss of 63,000 government jobs to match the nearly 9 percent net loss that has occurred in the private sector during that time.

John Hood’s Daily Journal

Flashback: Newspeak on Immigration
The next time you see a newspaper or TV station refer to “undocumented workers,” you may properly conclude that it is no longer practicing journalism.

Headlines

6.13.11 – Perdue vetoes budget, says it moves NC backward

6.13.11 – GOP plows through agenda

6.13.11 – Perdue has more vetoes in mind

6.13.11 – Budget’s constitutionality disputed

6.13.11 – N.C. House Speaker Tillis gives his staff fat raises

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JOHN LOCKE FOUNDATION MORNING UPDATE

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
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June 09, 2011 – carolinajournal.com
Carolina Journal Exclusive

Feds Push for National Vehicle Mileage-Based Tax
By Karen McMahan
RALEIGH — Critics of a vehicle mileage-based tax note that boosting the cost of driving might push more commuters into public transit — a goal of the administration and advocates of a “smart growth” urban planning agenda.

John Hood’s Daily Journal

GOP Picks Penalty Over Play
It would have been better for Democrats to work out a compromise on voter ID. Republicans will be happy to replay this down, again and again.

Headlines

6.09.11 – NC House passes new abortion rules, waiting period

6.09.11 – House targets funding of NC teacher advocacy group

6.09.11 – GOP legislators push weaker enviromental rules

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N.C. HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSES ABORTION BILL

Friday, May 13th, 2011
Carolina Journal Online


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Rhetorical Bullets Fly As House Committee OKs Abortion Bill

Measure on fast track, now moves to House floor

By David N. Bass

May 12, 2011

RALEIGH — Is pregnancy punishment? Is the process of getting an abortion comparable to refinancing a mortgage? Do abortion providers disproportionately target African-American women? Those were some of the questions bandied about for two hours Wednesday morning before a House judiciary subcommittee gave its stamp of approval to a contentious informed-consent abortion bill.

The legislation — House Bill 854, Abortion-Woman’s Right to Know Act — passed by a party line 9-5 vote and now goes to the House floor. Republicans have enough support in both chambers to pass it, although a veto from Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue is likely.

Among other components, the proposed law would require a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, an ultrasound image of the unborn child, and notarized parental consent for a minor’s abortion. Pro-lifers say the bill would save thousands of unborn lives each year. (more…)

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