Government

NC legislative committee puts open enrollment bill on hold

May 6, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A bill that would let students in North Carolina choose to attend any school has been postponed. The Joint Legislative Program Oversight Committee said the bill needs additional review. Republican Sen. Fletcher Hartsell proposed the bill, which he said was modeled after the Douglas County school system in Colorado.

North Carolina faces $445 million budget shortfall

May 5, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

State revenue is predicted to come up $445 million short of what the legislature needs to carry out this year's budget when the fiscal year ends June 30. Gov. Pat McCrory says the state has almost $600 million in reserves to handle the shortfall. Democrats blame last year's tax overhaul, which reduced income tax rates, for the deficit.

Study: Outside groups funding NC political ads

May 5, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Outside political groups are spending big money to influence voters in North Carolina, and N.C. has aired more political ads for U.S. Senate candidates than any other state, according to a Wesleyan University partnership that tracks campaign spending. 

More than 357,000 in NC signed up for subsidized insurance

May 2, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina had the fifth-highest number of health insurance enrollments under the Affordable Care Act and 91% of those were subsidized. Only two states had higher subsidization rates. According to federal data, 28% of the state's enrollees are 18 to 34 years old, the same as the national average.

Moral Monday demonstrations to resume May 19

May 1, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

William Barber, president of the N.C. chapter of the NAACP, said Wednesday that Moral Monday protests will resume May 19, right after the General Assembly reconvenes for its spring legislative session.

N.C. Department of Revenue releases new reports on effects of film subsidy

May 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Revenue released reports that show N.C. has spent about $236 million a year on film projects since lawmakers increased industry incentives three years ago, compared with $57 million per year in the three years prior to the increase.

Latest PPP poll shows Tillis may have enough support to avoid runoff

April 30, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The latest poll from Democratic group Public Policy Polling shows support for U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is at 46% among Republican primary voters, followed by Greg Brannon at 20% and Mark Harris at 11%. Tillis would need more than 40% of the vote to avoid a runoff.

Harris attacks Brannon, Tillis in final Senate debate

April 29, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In the final debate before the U.S. Senate primary election, Republican Mark Harris of Charlotte claimed GOP rivals Greg Brannon and Thom Tillis are unelectable due to "political baggage." Harris criticized Brannon for not supporting Mitt Romney in 2012 and for his recent civil lawsuit, while he attacked Tillis for supporting political appointees who made generous campaign contributions.

Film incentives could continue, but not for reality TV, wrestling

April 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In an effort to preserve North Carolina's film incentive program, industry advocates may propose changes that would make late-night shows, reality TV and wrestling productions ineligible for the credit.

SEANC pleased with commission's recommendation on handling of state pension fund

April 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The State Employees Association of North Carolina seems satisfied with the recommendation of a bipartisan commission that state Treasurer Janet Cowell must share investment details of the state's $87 billion pension fund with a board of trustees.