Government

Budget deal by Aug. 14 is unlikely

July 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Budget writers from the state House and Senate have yet to begin negotiations, indicating that it's unlikely they will reach a budget compromise by the Aug. 14 deadline. School districts have begun hiring teachers and assistants without knowing how much money they will have, according to Ed Dunlap, executive director of the N.C. School Boards Association.

Tata resigns as secretary of NCDOT

July 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata resigned suddenly Tuesday after more than two years in the position. DOT chief deputy secretary and former Durham mayor Nick Tennyson will assume the role until a replacement is chosen. Tata's resignation comes amid Gov. Pat McCrory's push to promote a $3 billion bond package that would fund roads and other infrastructure improvements.
Related: A Tony Tata time line

State presents witnesses in elections law case

July 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Lawyers representing the state of North Carolina have begun presenting their case in a federal voting rights trial in Winston-Salem. State legislators claim 2013 changes to the elections law do not discriminate against minorities and younger voters. The case is expected to wrap up later this week.

Tension builds between McCrory and fellow Republicans

July 27, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Gov. Pat McCrory's opposition to a Senate proposal that would shift sales tax revenue from urban counties to rural ones highlights the growing divide between the former Charlotte mayor and Senate Republicans, specifically those from less populous counties, including Sens. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson County) and Harry Brown (R-Onslow).
Related: Fellow Republicans test Gov. Pat McCrory

NC Supreme Court rules in favor of school vouchers

July 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

By a 4-3 vote that was split along party lines, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold a school voucher program that provides low-income families up to $4,200 a year to send their children to private schools.

NC legislators attend California conference

July 23, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Nine Republican members of the N.C. House of Representatives, including Speaker Tim Moore, are in San Diego this week attending an annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative nonprofit organization.

McCrory threatens veto of sales-tax proposal

July 22, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A spokesman for Gov. Pat McCrory said the governor would veto a budget proposal that includes a plan to redistribute sales tax revenue to counties based on population rather than where goods were purchased. Sen Harry Brown, a Republican from Onslow County who proposed the plan, said McCrory is favoring big cities over rural areas.

 

NC House bill would make it harder to remove Civil War monuments

July 21, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The N.C. House passed a bill Monday that will place strict limits on when state-owned monuments can be removed or relocated.

Clinton, Bush top fundraisers in NC

July 20, 2015

(WRAL.com)

North Carolina political donors have given the most money to Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush, according to a new report that tracked donations to presidential candidates from Jan. 1-June 30, 2015. The report tracks money given through traditional fundraising and doesn't include PACs and nonprofits.

McCrory holds closed-door sessions with House, Senate caucuses

July 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory met separately with members of the N.C. House and Senate in closed-door sessions on Thursday to discuss the state budget and his $2.8 million bond proposal.
Also: Uncertainty hangs over programs as state budget is delayed, Greater Wilmington Business Journal