Government

Draft bill approved for state economic-development partnership

April 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A joint legislative committee approved a draft version of a bill to create a private, not-for-profit economic development agency for state business recruitment efforts. Once finalized, the state General Assembly will vote on the bill in May and after it is passed, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said the corporation should be operating by year-end.

Pittenger seeks advisory board for small businesses

April 4, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Rep. Robert Pittenger wants to create an advisory board to advocate for small businesses at the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A former small-business owner, Pittenger says small businesses need to have "a seat at the table" as the federal bureau develops new regulations that may impact their businesses. 

NC Board of Elections identifies hundreds of cases of potential voter fraud

April 3, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

State elections officials said hundreds of voters may have cast ballots in two states in the 2012 general election. A cross-check of voters among 28 states found 765 voters who had the same first and last names, dates of birth and last four digits of Social Security numbers as voters in other states, and 35,750 voters with matching names and dates of birth.

NC plans to pay off unemployment debt by end of 2015

April 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina expects to pay off debt it incurred after borrowing money from the federal government post-recession to pay unemployment benefits by the end of 2015. At its highest point, the state's debt to the federal government was $2.8 billion; it currently owes $1.65 billion but that figure should drop to under $1 billion by mid-year.

Charlotte mining servers to comply with federal subpoena in Cannon case

April 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A broad federal subpoena was issued to the city of Charlotte after former Mayor Patrick Cannon's arrest on corruption charges last week. The directive includes "any document at all relating to Mr. Cannon" between 2010 and March 26, according to the city's attorney.

NCDOT may consider new mileage tax to increase revenue

April 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Board of Transportation will be asked to consider implementing a mileage fee that would tax drivers on the number of miles they drive rather than by gallons of gasoline purchased. One report suggests the state could raise $495 million a year by taxing one-half cent per mile driven.

Documents show EPA questioned 2013 Duke settlements

April 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Records show the Environmental Protection Agency questioned the amount of DENR settlements with Duke Energy over lawsuits alleging violations at the utility's plants in Asheville and Gaston County last year, but the federal agency thought it would be difficult to challenge the fines.

Charlotte City Council to weigh options for choosing new mayor

March 31, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte City Council will meet today to discuss who should succeed former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, though the group may vote to delay its decision to allow interested candidates to formally apply. Cannon resigned Wednesday after his arrest by the FBI on federal corruption charges.

Cozza selected to lead N.C. State Ports Authority

March 31, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. State Ports Authority named Paul Cozza its new executive director. Cozza, a U.S. Army veteran, previously served in various roles at Maersk Line Limited and CSX Corporation/Sea-Land Service Inc. 

N.C. Court of Appeals rejects challenge to Duke-Progress merger

March 31, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Court of Appeals rejected appeals by Durham-based NC WARN and the City of Orangeburg, S.C. that challenged the 2012 merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy.