Government

Fracking legislation attracts interest of energy companies

June 16, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The chairman of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission said three energy exploration companies have called him since the state General Assembly passed a bill to allow fracking in the state next year. Other companies are renewing leases in areas where there may be high concentrations of shale gas.

NC House gives initial approval to budget that includes 5% teacher pay raise

June 13, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The N.C. House gave preliminary approval late Thursday to a $21.1 billion budget proposal that includes an average 5% salary increase for teachers. The money for the pay raises would come from increased lottery profits.

NC House passes amendment that keeps film incentive talks alive

June 13, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The state House approved a budget amendment late Thursday that closely follows a Senate plan to turn film incentives into a grant program. Under the proposed plan, film projects would have to spend more to qualify for rebates and the payout caps would be lowered.

SBI probing campaign donations from sweepstakes industry to NC lawmakers

June 12, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating campaign contributions from video sweepstakes operators to state elected officials. A spokeswoman from the Department of Justice declined to say which lawmakers are under investigation.

House committee approves Pittenger's bill for business board

June 12, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A U.S. House committee has approved a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Robert Pittenger that would create an advisory board to advocate for small businesses in the financial sector. The full House is expected to vote on the bill this summer.

NC House budget proposes 5% teacher raise funded by lottery

June 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state House proposed a budget Tuesday that would give teachers an average 5% raise without requiring them give up tenure. Money would come from increasing the advertising budget for the N.C. Education Lottery, which could lead to increased lottery sales. The Senate budget plan calls for an 11% raise for teachers who give up tenure. 

NC Senate panel approves surprise bill to resolve Charlotte airport battle

June 11, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A state Senate panel passed a bill that would establish the Charlotte Airport Commission as an agency of the city. The bill is meant to clarify who owns the commission for the FAA, which has not given the commission authority to run the airport. Critics, including Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, say the dispute should be resolved among Charlotte leaders and not in the General Assembly. 

Duke Energy signs agreement with states to pay for coal-ash cleanup

June 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Duke Energy signed an agreement with environmental officials from North Carolina and Virginia Monday to pay for cost associated with the cleanup of February's coal-ash spill in the Dan River. A federal criminal investigation, launched in the wake of the spill into relationships between Duke officials and state regulators, has not yet been resolved.

Pittsboro leaders close to decision on Chatham Park development

June 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners could vote tonight on Preston Development Co.'s plan for a project that would add 22,000 homes to the town of 4,000 people over the next few decades. 

McCrory speaks out against bill to revoke Common Core

June 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. McCrory called efforts to repeal Common Core standards for education "not a smart move." The Senate voted Thursday to approve a measure which would replace the rigorous curriculum standards; the House approved a different version of the bill on Wednesday.