Government

Obama to make Triangle appearance next week

January 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A White House official said President Obama will visit the Raleigh-Durham area on Wednesday for an event on the economy where he is expected to begin mapping out his agenda for 2014.

Pittenger requests delay for implementation of qualified mortgage rules

January 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Rep. Robert Pittenger called for a one-year delay of new federal mortgage rules designed to prevent risky loans that contributed to the recent financial crisis. The Charlotte Republican says the rules will restrict access to loans and will have a devastating effect on the housing industry. 

Lindenmuth named interim CEO of new state economic development agency

January 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Richard Lindenmuth began Tuesday as interim CEO of the nonprofit Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, a private agency established to handle new business recruitment and marketing of the state's tourism, film and sports industries. Lindenmuth co-founded and remains partner in a Raleigh management consulting firm that specializes in corporate restructuring and crisis management. 

McCrory defends DHHS leader, says mailing mistake due to programming error

January 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After nearly 50,000 children's insurance cards were inadvertently mailed to the wrong addresses last week, Gov. Pat McCrory stood by state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos, blaming the mix-up on a computer programming error and saying the department was troubled when he took office a year ago and needs more time to be fixed.

Mel Watt's congressional seat to be filled in regular election

January 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After Democratic Rep. Mel Watt was sworn in as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Gov. Pat McCrory announced the special election to fill Watt's seat in N.C.'s 12 Congressional district will be held along with the state's regular elections, leaving the seat empty until November.

Lassiter leaves McCrory foundation, joins board of new Commerce nonprofit venture

January 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Charlotte businessman and former member of Gov. McCrory's transition team John Lassiter announced he is leaving his position on the board of the Renew North Carolina Foundation as he steps into a new role as a member of the board that will oversee the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Inc., the new nonprofit that will take over business recruitment for the Commerce Department.

Snafus, delays plague rollout of State Health Plan

January 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

More than 100,000 state employees still do not have insurance cards to obtain medical care, even though the new coverage year began Jan. 1. Also, thousands of state retirees were affected by a billing glitch that failed to deduct health insurance costs from their pension checks in December.

Washington Post lists Berger among its "emerging stars"

January 2, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Washington Post included state Senate leader Phil Berger on its list of "emerging stars"  in its GovBeat blog, calling the Eden Republican "the undisputed driving force" behind changes the state legislature made this past year, including new voter laws, tax cuts and social issues.

Government changes small business owners should be aware of in 2014

December 31, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Local and national small-business advocates say entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses need to be aware of how government rules and changes will impact them, with some 800 federal regulations set to be implemented in 2014.

State tax overhaul goes into effect Jan. 1

December 30, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Major state tax changes will take effect Wednesday, including a lower 5.8% flat rate for personal income tax and an expansion of the state sales tax to include service contracts.