Government

Apodaca moves two key bills

August 5, 2015

(The Daily Reflector)

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca moved House bills on business-recruitment incentives and Medicaid reform to new committees on Tuesday. The Hendersonville Republican said the bills could be considered this week or next.

NC to challenge EPA rules on carbon emissions

August 4, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina will file a legal challenge to a new Environmental Protection Agency plan that would require power plants to cut carbon emissions 32% below 2005 levels by the year 2030. Opponents, including Gov. Pat McCrory, say the rules will raise electricity rates.

Former SEANC director faces felony charges

August 4, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Former SEANC Director Dana Cope, 45, was charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Cope, who resigned in February after 15 years at the helm of the organization, is charged with spending $570,000 of SEANC funds on flight lessons, landscaping, vacations and other purchases.

NC revenue grew 6% in fiscal 2014-15

August 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina's revenue for the year that ended June 30, 2015 exceeded $21.4 billion, about $445 million more than projected and a 6% increase over the previous year.

Voting rights trial to conclude Friday

July 31, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A federal judge on Thursday agreed to give the state more time to prepare closing arguments in the elections law trial in Winston-Salem. The NAACP, the U.S. Justice Department and others are challenging 2013 changes to the law they say discriminates against minorities and young voters. The trial is expected to conclude Friday.

NC lottery sets records for sales, profits

July 31, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The North Carolina Education Lottery earned $522 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Almost 2 billion tickets were sold, and more than $1.2 billion in prizes were awarded.

Budget deal by Aug. 14 is unlikely

July 30, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Budget writers from the state House and Senate have yet to begin negotiations, indicating that it's unlikely they will reach a budget compromise by the Aug. 14 deadline. School districts have begun hiring teachers and assistants without knowing how much money they will have, according to Ed Dunlap, executive director of the N.C. School Boards Association.

Tata resigns as secretary of NCDOT

July 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata resigned suddenly Tuesday after more than two years in the position. DOT chief deputy secretary and former Durham mayor Nick Tennyson will assume the role until a replacement is chosen. Tata's resignation comes amid Gov. Pat McCrory's push to promote a $3 billion bond package that would fund roads and other infrastructure improvements.
Related: A Tony Tata time line

State presents witnesses in elections law case

July 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Lawyers representing the state of North Carolina have begun presenting their case in a federal voting rights trial in Winston-Salem. State legislators claim 2013 changes to the elections law do not discriminate against minorities and younger voters. The case is expected to wrap up later this week.

Tension builds between McCrory and fellow Republicans

July 27, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Gov. Pat McCrory's opposition to a Senate proposal that would shift sales tax revenue from urban counties to rural ones highlights the growing divide between the former Charlotte mayor and Senate Republicans, specifically those from less populous counties, including Sens. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson County) and Harry Brown (R-Onslow).
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