Congress gets back to the business of governing, or whatever it is our representatives have been doing, next week. The North Carolina legislature returns to work on May 14. So what will the new year bring?
Here’s a look at what to expect.
The McCrory administration is pushing a move to Medicaid managed care, which would be the biggest change to the state program in its history. The details are still undecided, and many questions remain about how it would work. Managed care would bring predictability to the state Medicaid budget, one of the biggest state expenses behind education.
The federal government would need to approve any change this big, so any effects are likely a ways off. But expect significant strides toward change this year.
Barring a court decision stopping it, taxpayer money will be used by public school parents to pay for their children to attend private school starting this fall. The state legislature set aside $10 million for private school vouchers, but supporters made clear they want the program to grow.
It’s likely that the rules will be controversial enough that the legislature will get the final say on them (as the law requires when 10 or more people object).
Clinic operators are worried that the regulations will be so stringent that some might have to close. Gov. Pat McCrory, in signing into law last year a bill requiring the upgrades, insisted that the new regulations will improve women’s health and safety and will not impose new restrictions on access to abortion.
The N.C. Sierra Club issued a statement saying the legislation would put people and drinking water at risk.
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