Government

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.

Obama's budget includes $412M in NC military construction

February 3, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposal includes nearly $412 million in construction projects at North Carolina military installations, including $169 million at Fort Bragg.

Loss of business tax squeezes Charlotte's budget

February 2, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The state General Assembly's repeal of the Business Privilege License tax will cost Charlotte $18.1 million in revenue for the year ahead, while the city faces a $16 million budget shortfall. Charlotte City Council said it won't raise property taxes for 2015, but it could suspend pay raises for city employees.

Groups join effort to reduce school testing

January 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state superintendents association and the N.C. Educators Association are calling for fewer required tests in public schools. 

NC lawmakers return to work, file 28 bills

January 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State legislators filed 28 bills on Wednesday, including one introduced by Senate leader Phil Berger that would allow registers of deeds and magistrates to avoid officiating over gay marriage ceremonies if they have religious objections. 

Obama proposes drilling off NC coast

January 28, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Interior Department proposed offering one lease for drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia or Virginia in 2021. The site would be at least 50 miles from the coast, and drilling would begin only after environmental studies are completed. Coastal towns that rely on tourism dollars have passed resolutions opposing the practice. 
Also: Obama fires first in coming 'battle royal' over Atlantic drilling

Online petition seeks to keep Tom Ross at UNC

January 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A group called United for UNC has started an online petition calling for the reinstatement of UNC system president Tom Ross. The group contends Ross' ouster was a "politically motivated attack." A UNC Board of Governors panel will meet Tuesday to discuss revisions to the process for selecting a new president.