NC Senate budget plan: Urban v. rural

June 23, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Larger metro areas including Asheville, Charlotte and Raleigh would lose millions of dollars in sales tax revenue under the N.C. Senate's proposed budget, while rural counties would see a boost in funding.

No decision yet on jobs incentives

June 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

It could take weeks of negotiations between the N.C. House and Senate before a bill on business incentives makes its way to Gov. Pat McCrory. The Senate proposal would cap incentives at $15 million each year but would make more funds available for companies creating at least 2,000 jobs and investing at least $750 million. The Senate plan also would award higher payouts to companies locating in poorer counties while reducing the amount of JDIG money available to companies adding jobs in urban counties.

NC lawmakers unlikely to set budget by July 1

June 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger indicated state lawmakers won't approve a new state budget by the time the new fiscal year begins on July 1. "I'm expecting to be here until Labor Day," House budget co-chairman Chuck McGrady said.

Goodwin says ACA ruling would create 'chaos' in health care market

June 18, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could invalidate health-insurance subsidies issued under the Affordable Care Act would create "massive instability and incredible chaos."

Senate budget plan cuts funding for NC Biotech Center

June 17, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

The N.C. Senate's budget proposal introduced Monday would slash all funding for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. The center, which two years ago had a budget of $17.2 million, supports the state's life-sciences industry, a sector responsible for 61,000 jobs in the state, according to a Biotech Center spokesperson.

NC Senate unveils budget plan

June 16, 2015


The state Senate introduced on Monday a $21.47 billion budget that increases spending by about 2%, compared with the $22.1 billion House budget proposal, which raises spending by 6%. The Senate proposal gives teachers an average 4% raise, does not include a historic-preservation tax credit and keeps the film incentive program at the current $10 million a year.


Compromise reached over Bonner Bridge replacement

June 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two conservation groups agreed to drop a lawsuit dating back to 2011 that prevented the N.C. Department of Transportation from replacing the aging Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet in the Outer Banks. The DOT will build a 2.8-mile bridge parallel to the existing structure along N.C. 12. As part of the compromise, the DOT will consider building a new, 7-mile bridge south of the inlet, re-routing parts of N.C. 12 out of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

McCrory says its too late to cancel I-77 tolls

June 15, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory said the contract is signed, and it's too late to change the state's plans to hire a private developer to build and manage toll lanes on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte. Speaking in Mooresville on Friday, McCrory said some local officials who now oppose the $655 million project supported it two or three years ago.
Related: Forget a delay, some in Mecklenburg want I-77 toll road canceled

House overrides McCrory's veto of marriage bill

June 12, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

By a vote of 69-41, the North Carolina House passed an override of Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that will allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriage ceremonies if they have religious objections.

NC Senate bill proposes major changes

June 11, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate introduced an economic-development bill that varies significantly from House Bill 117 that was passed in March. The Senate proposal would broaden the sales tax base by making additional services taxable, includes a new formula for distributing sales tax revenues among counties and reduces the personal income tax rate. The bill would cap the state's JDIG incentive program at $15 million per year, or up to $30 million per year if the state lands a "high-yield" project that would create thousands of jobs.