Government

Study shows not expanding Medicaid could cost NC $10.2 billion

September 3, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A recent analysis shows North Carolina taxpayers could spend $10.2 billion by 2022 to help pay for medical care for residents of states that decided to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Finance industry PACs support Hagan

September 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A tally of campaign contributions in the North Carolina Senate race shows that incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan has received $962,000 from finance industry PACs since 2008, more than her Republican opponent Thom Tillis.

DENR refutes claims over coal-ash ponds

August 29, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources denied environmentalists' claims that the agency hasn't been enforcing the federal Clean Water Act at Duke Energy's coal-ash ponds at its power plants in Chatham, Rowan and Wayne counties.

Wilson asks FCC for permission to expand municipal Internet service

August 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Wilson is asking the Federal Communications Commission to override North Carolina's telecommunications law and allow it to expand its Greenlight high-speed Internet service to nearby communities. The city wants to expand the service to about 7,600 households in Wilson County and about 1,000 households in neighboring counties.

Southeastern NC legislators frustrated after short session

August 28, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Legislators from Southeastern N.C. left the General Assembly's short session frustrated as film incentives were significantly reduced and prospects of gaining more than 1,000 jobs and a proposed tire plant were diminished when legislators voted against establishing a $20 million "closing fund" for corporate recruiting.

Wilmington leaders want legislature to reconvene over film incentives

August 27, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders plan to send a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory requesting he reconvene the General Assembly to discuss changes to the state's film incentive program, which they say will cost the area jobs. Legislators changed the current incentive, which has no cap, to a $10 million grant. North Carolina gave out $61 million in tax credits in 2013 to film productions.

DENR to fine Duke Energy over coal-ash pollution at Sutton plant

August 27, 2014

(WRAL.com)

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued a violation notice to Duke Energy over ongoing groundwater contamination at the utility's Sutton plant in New Hanover County.

Union: Tax break for airlines costs NC $10 million a year

August 27, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A union representing 33,000 airport concession and catering workers says North Carolina loses $10 million a year in revenue due to tax breaks on jet fuel costs for airlines. Currently airlines receive refunds for fuel taxes paid more than $2.5 million a year, but that sales-tax cap is set to expire in 2016.

Cannon sentence could come next week

August 27, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon could be sentenced as early as next week, federal documents show. Cannon admitted to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. He resigned in March following his arrest.

McCrory says coal-ash commission is unconstitutional

August 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said he is likely to sign the coal-ash cleanup bill approved by state legislators, though he believes the provision allowing the General Assembly to appoint a majority of members to an oversight commission violates the separation between executive and legislative branches of the government.