Report shows sea level will continue to rise

April 2, 2015


The state will seek public comment on a report released Tuesday by the Coastal Resources Commission's Science Panel that shows sea-level rise along the North Carolina coast of up to 10.6 inches over the next 30 years. The report presents three possible scenarios; all show more pronounced sea-level rise in the Outer Banks compared with southern beaches.
Read more about the debate over sea-level rise in our November 2014 cover story, "Land's End"

Moore urges lawmakers to consider fallout from religious freedom bill

April 1, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

House Speaker Tim Moore wants state legislators to consider how passing the religious freedom bill could affect North Carolina's brand. Moore said at a news conference that while many House Republicans deem the bill as important, the legislators' primary goals are job creation and improving roads and education. A group of American businesses that includes American Airlines, Apple, Replacements and Wells Fargo issued a statement Tuesday urging state lawmakers across the nation to halt anti-LGBT legislation.

McCrory approves changes to state gas tax

April 1, 2015


Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed a bill that will cause a short-term decrease in the state gas tax, but the tax is likely to go up this summer. The bill, which legislators say adds stability to funding for road construction and maintenance projects, will cancel out a planned cut to the gas tax that was scheduled to take effect in July.

McCrory calls sales-tax bill 'class warfare'

March 31, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday a Senate bill that proposes to redistribute sales-tax revenue from urban areas to rural ones would raise taxes for "millions of people in North Carolina." State Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews has introduced a competing proposal that wouldn't impact urban areas as much as the first bill filed by Sen. Harry Brown. 

Tillis, Burr vote with Democrats for same-sex marriage benefits

March 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr voted last week for a budget amendment that would give legally married same-sex spouses Social Security and veterans benefits. The North Carolina senators joined nine Republicans and all Democrats in voting for the measure.


Senators file bill to sell Dorothea Dix property to highest bidder

March 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Three Republican senators filed a bill Thursday that would put the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property in Raleigh up for sale. Bidding would start at $52 million – the same amount the city agreed to pay for the property. City leaders want to build a destination park similar to New York City's Central Park. "I just believe that the property is worth more than we're being offered," Sen. Tommy Tucker of Waxhaw said.

House committee rejects medical marijuana bill

March 26, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A House judiciary committee voted unanimously against a bill that would have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

House committee approves historic-preservation incentives

March 25, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. House Finance Committee approved plans for a scaled-back version of the historic-preservation tax credit, which expired Jan. 1. The bill now moves on to the full House.

Legislators reveal sales-tax plan to benefit rural counties

March 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State legislators proposed a plan that would redistribute sales tax collected on goods in North Carolina to counties based on population. The current model is weighted toward sending tax revenue back to counties where the sales are made. Under the new plan, Buncombe, Durham, Mecklenburg, Watauga and four coastal counties would see a reduction in sales-tax revenue.

McCrory, Berger square off over jobs bill

March 23, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Tension between Gov. Pat McCrory and Senate leader Phil Berger is evident following a court ruling over separation of powers that favored McCrory. The Senate reacted last week by freezing many new appointments and by proposing a jobs-incentives plan that is very different from the House plan backed by McCrory.
Related: A troubling N.C. Senate jobs plan, The Charlotte Observer