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Old North State Report

June 18, 2021

Old North State Report – June 18, 2021

Big Money, Big Decisions
North Carolina's resurgent post-pandemic economy could put an additional $6.5 billion over the next two years into state government coffers already swollen with cash, state economists said Tuesday. Such an extraordinary windfall, unplanned for just four months ago, will bring with it more fiscal decisions for Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper about how to spend, save, raise employee pay or cut taxes.

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Maternal Medicaid
North Carolina would extend Medicaid coverage to new mothers for a full year after delivery under a provision that state Senate Republicans are expected to include in the budget they’re about to propose. Women with incomes at or below a designated level are currently eligible for Medicaid in the state when they are pregnant and up to 60 days after birth. This extension would be implemented in April 2022.

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Coming Up Short

The Constitution Party of North Carolina and North Carolina Green Party have failed to garner enough signatures to remain official political parties in the state for now, an election official announced Monday. The State Board of Elections determined earlier this year that the two small parties had fallen short of candidate support thresholds from last November.

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