Some public agency executives make more than appointed officials

November 18, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

According to a salary analysis of over 1,200 state and local agencies, a select group of public officials receive big salaries and benefits, sometimes more than city and county managers, to run housing authorities, city utilities and community colleges.

More than one-third of state military contracts awarded in Cumberland County

November 18, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

An N.C. Department of Commerce report shows that 35% of defense contracts awarded in North Carolina in 2012 were in Cumberland County, home to Fort Bragg military base. The county received more than $1.2 billion out of $3.44 billion military contratcts statewide.

NCDOT faces budget concerns due to lower gas tax collections

November 15, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The increase of fuel-efficient cars and changing driving habits are leading to a decrease in the amount of gas tax collections, the state's primary source of funding for road construction and repairs.

About 1,700 NC residents signed up for health plans on federal exchange

November 14, 2013

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said about 1,700 North Carolina residents successfully signed up for health insurance on the government's online marketplace during the first month it was open, though nearly 30,000 applications were completed.

Bill proposed by Sen. Burr would end government pensions for new employees

November 14, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Sen. Richard Burr, along with two other senators, has brought back a bill that would replace federal government pensions with the equivalent of a 401(k) plan paid for by the government with employee match. The bill would only apply to new federal employees, while current employees would keep their current pensions.

Decker says skills gap, influx of jobless newcomers keeping unemployment rate high

November 13, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said the combination of a skills gap and a large number of jobless people moving to the state are keeping the unemployment rate high. Decker made the remarks at an appearance in Charlotte Tuesday, where she also touted the state's new public-private partnership for job recruitment. 

Ann Coulter endorses Brannon for U.S. Senate

November 13, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Conservative author and political commentator Ann Coulter said via Twitter she supports tea party favorite Dr. Greg Brannon for U.S. Senate. Coulter also slammed N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis for his stance on immigration.

New bill would end state tax break for youth sporting events, State Fair

November 13, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A draft bill led by Republican lawmakers contains a measure that would end the sales tax exemption for tickets to attractions and events including youth athletic contests, agricultural fairs including the State Fair, state museums and some events organized by nonprofits.

Winston-Salem radio host to enter race for Hagan's Senate seat

November 12, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Winston-Salem radio host Bill Flynn announced his intent to run for the Republican nomination for Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan's seat, joining N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, president of the Baptist State Convention Mark Harris and two other candidates, Greg Brannon and Heather Grant, on the GOP ticket.

Candidates already lining up for Coble's congressional seat

November 11, 2013

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

Rep. Howard Coble just announced his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives late last week, and already there are rumors of at least five potential candidates for his office.