Government

Governor unveils 25-year transportation plan

September 18, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory announced a 25-year transportation plan that puts a major emphasis on improving roads and accessibility in rural areas. McCrory said he will ask the 2015 legislature to approve revenue bonds for highway projects. The plan also calls for expanding light rail and mass transit in urban areas and improving rail and road links from the ports to I-95 and the military bases. 
Click here to view the governor's 25-year transportation plan. 

McCrory, DOT Secretary Tata to unveil long-term transportation plan

September 17, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will visit four North Carolina counties today to unveil a 25-year transportation plan. The tour will begin this morning at Wilmington International Airport, followed by stops in Greenville and Winston-Salem before concluding in Asheville.

NJ Gov. Christie in Wilmington to support Tillis

September 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis in Wilmington Tuesday to support Tillis' campaign for U.S. Senate. About 40 protestors demonstrated outside The Dixie Grill, where the lawmakers attended a rally, many disgruntled over Tillis' involvement in reducing North Carolina's film incentives.

NCDOT, SELC seek compromise on Bonner Bridge replacement

September 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the Southern Environmental Law Center to find a solution to replace the Outer Banks' Bonner Bridge. The SELC has proposed a 17-mile bridge to replace the aging structure, while the DOT wants to build a less expensive parallel bridge. The two parties say they are in talks to work out a compromise.

State revenues down in first two months

September 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State revenues in July and August decreased by more than $200 million compared with the same period a year ago, and are about $50 million less the budget had projected. Budget Director Lee Roberts says its too early in the fiscal year to predict revenues over the full year, noting that July and August are historically two of the slowest months for tax receipts. 

Decker embarks on overseas trade mission as state incentive fund dwindles

September 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker heads to Japan this week on a jobs-recruitment mission, days after Gov. Pat McCrory said he will not reconvene the state legislature to expand the state's economic-development incentives. McCrory said he would consider calling a special session if a major job-recruitment effort develops.

DHHS secretary says agency must rebuild before expanding Medicaid

September 15, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Dr. Aldona Wos, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, says the crippled agency − which has not undergone a restructuring in more than 40 years despite changes in the health-care industry − is focused on rebuilding its foundation and creating stability.

UNC board to review research centers

September 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The UNC Board of Governors is reviewing more than 200 research institutes and policy centers at public universities across the state. A seven-member board will begin the review, which will assess whether the institutes are unbiased and fit with the schools' missions. 

Former Congress members present ideas to end political gridlock

September 12, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Two former members of Congress spoke in Charlotte about ways to fix the nation's political process, including placing limits on filibusters, holding open primaries and increasing citizen involvement. Former Sen. Olympia Snowe and former Rep. Dan Glickman are among five co-chairs of a bi-partisan commission tasked with developing reforms for America's political divide. 

High Point mayor resigns, pleads guilty to worthless check charge

September 11, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

High Point Mayor Bernita Sims resigned Wednesday and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of writing a worthless check. A Guilford County Superior Court judge sentenced Sims to six months house arrest and 4 and a half years of supervised probation.