State Policy

Corporate virtue and corporate subsidies

February 3, 2014 - Two new reports from Good Jobs First take a critical look at public assistance for large corporations. One compares revenue loss from corporate subsidies and tax breaks to public employee pensions, while the other looks at how fully states disclose public assistance to corporations.

The death toll from blocking Medicaid expansion

January 30, 2014 - A new study tallies the impacts of states' refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act -- including the number of people expected to die as a result. The death toll is particularly heavy in the South, where most states are blocking expansion.

Moral Monday movement spreads through the South

January 10, 2014 - The people's movement against political extremism in North Carolina government is spreading to other states in the region, with similar protests planned for next week in Georgia and South Carolina. Meanwhile, North Carolina activists are gearing up for more protests and litigation as elections approach.

True the Vote denied entry into Texas voter ID trial

December 18, 2013 - A federal judge has blocked a conservative group that's been accused of voter intimidation from intervening to defend Texas' voter ID law from a Justice Department lawsuit. What does that mean for a similar group trying to intervene in the Justice's lawsuit against North Carolina's restrictive new voting law?

Art Pope think tank behind campaign to discredit and defund Medicaid

December 17, 2013 - The Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank founded and bankrolled by N.C. budget director Art Pope, sought funding to portray the Medicaid program as "failed" and to urge funding cuts, according to leaked documents obtained by The Guardian. The effort comes as the McCrory administration wants to privatize management of the public health insurance program for the poor and disabled.