US & Canada round-up: Canadian government facing $1bn deficit, and more

24 Jul 15

US & Canada round-up: Canadian government facing $1bn deficit, and more

The Conservative government, just weeks away from a federal election campaign, is facing the strong possibility it can’t keep a key promise to balance the budget this year and ensure the Canadian economy doesn’t slip into recession. (Ottawa Citizen)

More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years. (New York Times)

The prime contractor hired to build Maryland’s flawed online health exchange will pay $45 million to the state and federal governments to avoid a lawsuit over its performance, Attorney General Brian Frosh announced. (Washington Post)

The head of a small Ottawa-based charity is in Geneva this week to complain to a United Nations committee about the Canada Revenue Agency's program of political-activity audits.(CBC via Huffington Post)

A GOP lawmaker urged the IRS commissioner to audit Planned Parenthood on Thursday, suggesting that was one way the tax agency could regain the trust of taxpayers after its recent Tea Party controversy. (The Hill)

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