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We don’t have a state budget shortfall in Medicaid or anywhere else

The afternoon Gov McCrory wants to blame Medicaid yet again to distract attention from his decision to reject billions in federal money to cover uninsured North Carolinians.  WRAL wasn’t fooled [1]:

A $262 million shortfall amounts to about 2.6 percent of the $10 billion in state and federal money North Carolina spends on Medicaid in a year.

McCrory noted in his memo that the annual budget has a $200 million reserve and an extra $213 million in unappropriated money. Also, revenue officials have projected that tax collections are $100 million above forecasts, and state agencies have saved $125 million this year.

I can add too.  $513 million surplus and reserve is larger than $262 million.