Weekly wrap: Medicaid, NC FAST, coal ash, Senate debate
Lawmakers got another update this week on Medicaid spending, and a key lawmaker said the shortfall might be small enough to provide modest raises to all state workers, not just starting teachers.Posted — Updated
Meanwhile, Department of Health and Human Services officials told lawmakers that problems with the NC FAST social services management system has cost the state $21 million so far, and that figure is expected to rise.
Earlier in the week, Gov. Pat McCrory rolled out proposed legislative changes for how the state regulates coal ash. His proposal would result in the closure of coal ash ponds statewide, but much to environmentalists' dismay, wouldn't require Duke Energy to dig up the toxic sludge and move it to lined landfills.
Looking forward to next week, WRAL News is hosting an April 23 debate between some of the leading Republican U.S. Senate candidates. Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary, Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte and Wilkesboro nurse Heather Grant will take part, but House Speaker Thom Tillis declined an invitation to participate.