Here’s the big questions in Raleigh this week: Will we see a budget deal before the start the new fiscal year?
The Senate Appropriations Committee appears to be ready to pass a continuing resolution as early as Tuesday, which would keep state government running if no agreement is reached and signed by the Governor by July 1st.
Rep. Verla Insko notes that lawmakers would have had more spending flexibility if they had opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Health Care Act, a decision rejected by Governor McCrory in February.
“It would have brought in a lot of extra money and filled a lot of holes,” explained Insko. “But I have to say…I don’t understand why anyone who has the opportunity to provide health care for 500,000 poor people, including little kids, wouldn’t do it. It’s just mind-boggling.”
Insko, who appeared over the weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, discussed the impact of budget cuts on higher education and health care, and why she believes the crowds are getting bigger with each passing Moral Monday.