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Opinion

A coalition of more than 120 North Carolina groups today delivered a letter to Gov. Beverly Perdue calling on her to “take a balanced approach” to the state’s budget crisis, including reform of the state’s outdated revenue system.

Together NC, a coalition of nonprofit groups, service providers, advocates and grassroots organizations, urged Gov. Perdue to exercise leadership on the budget and reject a jobkilling, cuts-only approach.

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...without new health reform law

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has released a new analysis showing that, without the Affordable Care Act, up to 4.1 million non-elderly North Carolina residents who have some type of pre-existing health condition, like heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis or cancer, would be at risk of losing health insurance when they need it most, or be denied coverage altogether. Across the country, up to 129 million Americans would be at risk.

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Scott Mooneyham, Capitol Press AssociationRALEIGH -- It would be nice to believe that the same motives that drive private sector executives guide the government administrators who control the public purse strings, that government could be like business.

Of course, they don’t, and it’s not.

Government pay isn’t tied to profit margins or rising revenues. Upper and middle management in government receives few, if any, rewards for holding down expenses.

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I would like to add to the clamor over the steep-slope ordinance.

I have not read very much about it, so I do not know what I am talking about.

However that may be, I have lived for a good many years and seen a few things. This letter will be in the form of an old man’s reminiscences.

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