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Opinion

The House budget that could be approved in the next two weeks would cut more than a billion dollars in health and human services spending over the next two years, more than $710 million of it Medicaid. That’s a bad idea for several reasons.

The deep reductions in Medicaid funding means fewer services for people who need them, lower reimbursements for the medical professionals who provide them, and a loss to the state of more than $2 billion in federal Medicaid funding since the federal government matches state Medicaid expenditures 2 to 1.

A significant portion of the budget savings comes from paying doctors less for treating Medicaid patients and from the elimination of a routine inflationary increase that’s built into the program to take into account rising health care costs.

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Robert Burns wrote about the best laid schemes of mice and men. In First Corinthians, Paul wrote of leaving childish things behind.

Whatever quote is most appropriate, the tornadoes that ripped through the eastern half of North Carolina on Saturday tended to make the political games being played in Raleigh look pretty childish.

On the same day that the devastating tornadoes rolled through the state — one of them just four blocks east of the Legislative Building — legislative Republicans sent a bill to the desk of Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue to extend unemployment benefits for 37,000 North Carolinians.

 

 

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In every organization (governments, police departments, businesses, hospitals, courts, etc.), there exists the importance of determining the type of training its employees need because employees must be effective in their field. Therefore special training, determined by that organization, is conducted according to available resources and the experts in that organization to aid in the accomplishment of organizational objectives. This is known as staff development. Yet, when the conversation of staff development for teachers is presented, there seems to be an assumption that teachers do not need to teach teachers; so much so that the North Carolina General Assembly is proposing cutting a number of staff development for teachers.

The belief is that staff development for teachers does not have an impact on student learning. What must be entered into this debate are facts that illustrate the importance of staff development for teachers. First and foremost is that which teachers are expected to know and do has increased in subject-matter knowledge, pedagogical skills, understanding cultural and psychological factors that affect student learning. So in order to meet these demands, teachers must engage in specific training and will need time to share lessons and ideas with other teachers via workshops and seminars.

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RALEIGH -- It hardly came as a surprise that, after gaining control of the North Carolina General Assembly, Republicans moved quickly to loosen gun laws in the state.

Republicans have always been more closely aligned to gun rights activists.

That the legislature would approve some version of the Castle Doctrine, which provides more legal protections to people who shoot intruders entering their home, became a foregone conclusion.

Legislation allowing concealed handgun permit-holders to take their guns into restaurants serving alcohol and parks has met more resistance. The same is true for a bill that would bar employers from keeping their employees from locking their guns away in a car on a company parking lot.

 

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