Government

Sports car group wants Pilot Mountain to itself for a day

July 29, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Pending legislation would essentially allow a group of vintage sports-care enthusiasts to close Pilot Mountain State Park to the public on Sept. 11.

Senate, House say they've reached a budget deal

July 28, 2014

(Raleigh News & Observer)

The North Carolina Senate and House have agreed to a budget that increases the salaries of state teachers by 7% and saves the jobs of teaching assistants.

The myth behind N.C.'s cut in jobless benefits

July 28, 2014

(The New York Times)

After eliminating jobless benefits for those unemployed 20 weeks or longer, North Carolina became a partisan player in the debate on economic policy. A closer look, however, reveals that it has performed similarly to neighboring states.   

NC Senate supports closing fund for corporate recruitment

July 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A bill passed by the N.C. Senate included a measure to establish a new closing fund that would give the state commerce secretary the ability to offer upfront incentives to large companies looking to relocate or establish operations in North Carolina. 

Senate proposes major changes to Medicaid

July 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would take control of Medicaid away from the Department of Health and Human Services. A paid board of directors would run the health-insurance program that covers 1.7 million people. The bill also supports a move toward commercial managed care for Medicaid.

NC Senate gives initial approval to sales-tax changes

July 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Senate gave initial approval to a measure that would place a cap on the amount of sales taxes counties can collect. Under the proposed legislation, most counties would be limited to a local sales- and use-tax limit of 2.5%. 

McCrory signs Common Core compromise bill

July 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill Tuesday that will create a new commission to review and develop curriculum to replace Common Core standards in public schools. The bill, which is a compromise to House and Senate bills, will allow the commission to keep some parts of Common Core.

Homeowner's insurance companies 'bullying' customers to pay higher rates?

July 22, 2014

(WRAL.com)

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says insurance companies are charging higher homeowner's insurance rates than the maximum allowed by the state because companies believe the cap is too low. Goodwin says the law that allows insurance companies to raise homeowner's insurance rates by sending out "consent to rate" letters was intended for rare circumstances. 

Obama administration opens Eastern Seaboard to gas exploration

July 21, 2014

(WRAL.com)

President Obama will allow exploration for oil and gas beneath the ocean along the Eastern Seaboard. In a statement, Gov. Pat McCrory called the decision "an important step in the right direction toward more jobs for North Carolina and our country."

State Rep. Jim Fulghum dies at 70

July 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina Rep. Jim Fulghum, 70, died Saturday. The Wake County Republican was diagnosed with metastatic esophageal cancer three weeks before his death. A retired neurosurgeon, the Raleigh native was first elected to the House in 2012.