Government

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.

Director says NC lottery a moneymaker with room for growth

July 21, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery, says the decade-old lottery has room to grow, and was encouraged when Republican members of the state House recently proposed doubling its advertising budget. 

NC Senate proposes creation of closing fund for jobs recruitment

July 18, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The state Senate proposed the establishment of a closing fund that could help North Carolina recruit large-scale economic development projects by allowing it to match incentives offered by other states. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said she expects the fund would need to be in the $20 million to $30 million range.