Government

State suspends tax computer system after $90 million investment

January 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After investing $85 million on a tax computer system and an additional $5 million for unbilled work not yet paid, the state decided to cancel its contract with CGI Group, the Montreal-based contractor that also built the troubled HealthCare.gov site. 

NAACP wants earlier election to fill Mel Watt's seat

January 15, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

The president of the state chapter of the NAACP called on Gov. Pat McCrory to let voters choose a successor for Rep. Mel Watt's seat before the regular election in November. Residents of the 12th Congressional District will not have a representative for more than 10 months.

More than 107,000 NC residents have chosen health plans under the Affordable Care Act

January 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Based on the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 107,000 North Carolina residents have signed up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. Of those, 89% have qualified for subsidies, among the highest rates in the nation.

State GOP leaders form committee to study statewide impact of Affordable Care Act

January 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis announced the formation of a legislative committee to study the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the state's economy and residents, including investigations into higher premiums and canceled policies. 

McCrory's office studied casino proposal months before it was revealed to public

January 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

New documents reveal Gov. Pat McCrory's office actively reviewed a proposal from the Catawba Indian Nation for a Cleveland County casino months before the plans for the project became public, then distanced itself from the deal as it began to draw fierce opposition from top state lawmakers.

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.