19 Nov

What Matters for Thursday, November 19, 2015

The majority of the nation’s feelings over vetting Syrian refugees is becoming clearer every day. The House voted overwhelmingly (289-137) to increase background checks on those trying to enter our country on a permanent basis. That vote made the President’s threat of a veto an empty one. Chad delves into the stories being written about the Governor’s response to the Syrian refugee issue, the Governor’s actual response, and mass media’s spin on the entire situation.

In the second hour, Civitas Policy Director Brian Balfour tells Chad about a report detailing how receiving federal funds raises state taxes. The study finds that each dollar of additional federal grants to states is associated with a total increase of as much as 86 cents in new state and local taxes. Brian poses the question, “Do we want to continue to dance to Washington’s tune or fill in our own dance card?”

Then, Chad talks to Rep. Susi Hamilton about what happened during Wednesday’s Government Operations committee meeting. They debate the Syrian refugee issue, incentives, the budget, long legislative session and more. Rep. Hamilton says the long session was a symptom of what has gone wrong over the last few years like the elimination of Golden Leaf Foundation funding for rural communities. Needless to say, they have very fundamental differences.

News14’s Tim Boyum’s and 11-year-old Claire Ledford will be on with us tomorrow.

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