Government

Incentives, gas tax bills move on to NC Senate

March 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state House last week passed a jobs incentives bill that would double the cap on the Job Development Investment Grant program to $45 million and bill that would drop the state gas tax to 36 cents a gallon starting April 1. Neither bill would have passed without bipartisan support.

McCrory unveils $21.5B state budget proposal

March 6, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory's proposed budget for 2015-2017 includes a 2.8% increase in education funding, though the university system will be asked to cut its budget by 1.2%, or about $26 million. Other state agencies would also be asked to trim their budgets by 1 to 2%. McCrory's plan doesn't include any tax increases, though it does incorporate legislation passed by the state Senate in February that would raise the gas tax.
Also: McCrory pitches $21.5 billion budget (WRAL.com) 

NC chief justice calls for more courts funding

March 5, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin told the General Assembly Wednesday the state's underfunded court system is eroding the pubic's confidence in the justice system. The Administrative Office of the Courts said in February it needs $16 million a year in additional funding.

Petraeus to plead guilty to sharing classified information

March 4, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus will plead guilty to mishandling classified material following an investigation on whether he shared classified "black books" with Charlotte resident Paula Broadwell while she was writing his biography. According to the plea deal, the federal government recommends two years probation and a $40,000 fine, but no prison time for Petraeus.

NC House committees approve jobs incentives plan

March 4, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two House committees voted in favor of Gov. Pat McCrory's jobs incentives plan that would double the amount of money available in the state's fund used to attract major employers to North Carolina. The N.C. Competes plan will move on the full state House later this week.

Courts director John Smith to retire in May

March 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

John W. Smith will step down as director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts on May 1. Appointed to the post in 2009, Smith has been criticized by Republican legislators for not allowing magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages. 

LGBT ordinance defeated in Charlotte

March 3, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 against a proposal that would have extended nondiscrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Prior to the vote, the council removed a controversial section of the ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the the gender they identify with.

UNC governors vote to increase tuition, close academic centers

March 2, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The UNC Board of Governors approved systemwide tuition increases for in-state undergraduate students. Tuition and fees will increase an average of 4.3% next year, bring the average cost to $6,448.88 per year. 
Also: UNC Board of Governors votes to close 3 university-based centers

 

UNC Board of Governors to vote Friday on closing centers, raising tuition

February 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In committee meetings in Charlotte this week, members of the UNC Board of Governors supported closing three academic centers – including the Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill – and raising tuition and fees by an average of 4.3% for in-state students next year. The full board is expected to vote Friday on the proposals.

State Department of Revenue issues 43,000 incorrect forms

February 26, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

About 3.7% of taxpayers received incorrect 1099-G forms from the N.C. Department of Revenue. The agency sent out 43,000 incorrect forms, which list state income tax refunds from the previous year. Officials say they will send out corrected forms in March.