Government

State revenues $271 million below forecast

February 12, 2015

(WRAL.com)

A report released Tuesday predicts the state's revenues will be $271 million short of its $21 billion budget for fiscal 2014-15. Sales tax collections have grown as a result of an improved economy, but personal income tax collections are expected to fall 3.8% short of the forecasted amount. The report will be presented to the House and Senate budget committees Thursday.

Gas tax bill approved by Senate would cut 500 DOT jobs

February 12, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would add stability to the state's gas tax rate and would cut 500 jobs in the N.C. Department of Transportation. The DOT would also have to eliminate 50 vacant positions.

Cope resigns as director of SEANC

February 11, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two days after a News & Observer report raised questions about his spending practices, Dana Cope resigned as executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, a position he had held for 15 years.

Senators propose cutting NC gas tax by 2.5 cents per gallon

February 10, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Senate Republicans proposed cutting the state's gas tax from 37.5 cents per gallon to 35 cents. Two senators advocating for the change say it would make the state DOT's primary revenue source more reliable. 

NC Democratic Party selects new leader

February 10, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Patsy Keever of Asheville was elected chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Keever, currently 1st vice chair, received 369 votes of the 560 committee members. She will succeed Randy Voller, who decided not to seek a second term. 

SEANC director under fire for spending habits

February 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Former members of the State Employees Association of North Carolina are questioning Executive Director Dana Cope's spending practices, which have included controversial payments to a landscaping company that also performed work at Cope's Raleigh home and thousands of dollars for flight lessons.

NC issues first school report cards

February 6, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Only 5.4% of the state's public and charter schools received an A under North Carolina's new school report cards. The state released letter grades for 2,424 of 2,565 schools on Thursday. Nearly a quarter of schools – 23% – received a D grade and 6% received an F. Almost all schools that received a D or F have high percentages of low-income students, according to state Superintendent June Atkinson.

McCrory outlines goals for NC

February 5, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In his State of the State speech Wednesday night, Gov. Pat McCrory said he will focus on creating jobs, making sure people have the education they need and connecting small towns with urban areas through roads and technology. McCrory proposed a historic tax credit for revitalizing town centers, $1.2 billion in bonds for transportation projects, raising teacher base pay and eliminating unnecessary testing in public schools. 

Cannon indicted on voter fraud

February 4, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was indicted this week on a charge related to an illegal vote he cast at an early voting site in last year's election. Cannon is serving a 44-month sentence at a West Virginia federal prison for a accepting bribes from FBI undercover agents.

McCrory to propose new historic-preservation tax credit

February 3, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to propose a revised tax credit for rehabilitating historic buildings ("Getting Out of Rehab," May 2014). The previous credit expired on Jan. 1. Secretary of Cultural Resources and Salisbury Mayor Susan Kluttz said McCrory's new plan will offer smaller credits for larger projects, and the total cost of the program will be capped.