Gov McScrooge and his equally scroogy spokesman have messed up Christmas for thousands of North Carolinians. This statement was issued by the Gov's spokesman, Rick Martinez, following last night's very successful Moral Monday march in Raleigh. (emphasis is mine)
“We are fortunate that Governor McCrory chose not to expand Obamacare given how disastrous the rollout has been. Instead, Governor McCrory is working to strengthen the economy so more North Carolinians can earn a paycheck instead of hoping for a government check. If you disagree with that concept, then you are going to disagree with most of the entrepreneurial innovations Governor McCrory has and will continue to implement to get more North Carolinians back to work.”
The last sentence appears to be an omen of what to expect over the next three years. This administration ran for office based on bringing jobs to NC, yet turned down the biggest opportunity yet for job creation, expansion of the Medicaid program. The few hundreds of jobs coming to our state that have been so celebrated by the administration pale in comparison to what we have lost, not only in jobs, but in state tax revenue and a growth of state domestic product. Refusing to implement the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid has cut growth potential in our state.
A study by the Amherst, Mass.-based economic analysis and research group Regional Economic Models Inc. recently concluded that because we have not expanded Medicaid:
"North Carolina, for example, would not pick up an estimated 25,000 new jobs, not add $1.7 billion to the annual state domestic product and not reap $70 million in additional annual state taxes.... The analysis looked at years 2014 through 2021. The total employment impact would spike at 25,684 additional jobs in 2016, and the state would gain $11 billion in domestic product in those eight years, concludes the study."
That's 25,000 jobs, not 2,500. A real loss in jobs, brought to us by the man who once said,
"I came to the governor’s office a few short months ago with a sense of urgency and resolve to put North Carolinians back to work..."
We have missed $70 million in state revenue. And the tax plan put into effect by our governor actually reduces the amount of revenue available for public investments by $650 million annually.
Gov. McScrooge, indeed.