Government

Hundreds turn out for hearing on offshore drilling

February 18, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Almost 400 people signed in Tuesday night at an information session on offshore drilling in Wrightsville Beach. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management took comments via written notes and electronic submissions on a proposal by the Obama administration that would allow oil and gas exploration of the North Carolina coast.

House Speaker Tim Moore raises pay for returning staffers

February 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore increased salaries for several staff members who had previously worked for him or former Speaker Thom Tillis, though he will pay less for new hires. 

Former Charlotte CFO named deputy state treasurer

February 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Greg Gaskins was named deputy state treasurer for the state and local finance division. Gaskins was chief financial officer for the city of Charlotte from 2002 until his retirement in 2014.

State's incentives fund nearly out of money

February 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina's main job-recruitment grant program is almost completely out of funds. Supporters of the incentives say North Carolina will lose companies to other states if the legislature doesn't approve more money for the program, while opponents say the incentives are unnecessary handouts to big corporations and haven't aided rural counties. Since Gov. Pat McCrory took office two years ago, the state has pledged about $299 million for more than 15,000 jobs. 

FBI investigates Chapel Hill shootings

February 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The FBI has launched an investigation into the killings of three Muslim-American students in Chapel Hill earlier this week. Police said the shootings may have been the result of a parking dispute, but the victims' families believe it may have been a hate crime.

McCrory troubled by gas-tax bill that would cut 500 DOT jobs

February 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory expressed concern about a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate that would cut the gas tax but require the N.C. Department of Transportation to lay off 500 workers.

State revenues $271 million below forecast

February 12, 2015

(WRAL.com)

A report released Tuesday predicts the state's revenues will be $271 million short of its $21 billion budget for fiscal 2014-15. Sales tax collections have grown as a result of an improved economy, but personal income tax collections are expected to fall 3.8% short of the forecasted amount. The report will be presented to the House and Senate budget committees Thursday.

Gas tax bill approved by Senate would cut 500 DOT jobs

February 12, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would add stability to the state's gas tax rate and would cut 500 jobs in the N.C. Department of Transportation. The DOT would also have to eliminate 50 vacant positions.

Cope resigns as director of SEANC

February 11, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two days after a News & Observer report raised questions about his spending practices, Dana Cope resigned as executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, a position he had held for 15 years.

Senators propose cutting NC gas tax by 2.5 cents per gallon

February 10, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Senate Republicans proposed cutting the state's gas tax from 37.5 cents per gallon to 35 cents. Two senators advocating for the change say it would make the state DOT's primary revenue source more reliable.