The North Carolina General Assembly will start short session on May 14th.  Throughout the legislative session Colleen Kochanek, NCCEP’s Legislative Counsel, will be providing us with updates.  This week’s update gives a preview of the issues that the legislature is likely to address this year. Colleen reports that budget issues generally dominate the short session, and the same trend is likely to hold true this year.  Currently there is a $445 million shortfall in the budget, including a medicaid shortfall of as much as $180 million.  Also in the session, the legislature will hear back form a number of oversight and study commissions that were formed during the last legislative session, including the commission looking at Medicaid reform in the state.  The full update is available on our website here.