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How many days does it take to pass a budget?

| August 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Sarah Curry, John Locke Foundation, The Locker Room, August 12, 2015.

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Senate passes “compromise” bills on economic incentives, Medicaid

| August 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Review online, August 11, 2015. Last night the Senate passed “compromise” bills on economic incentives and Medicaid reform. A press release from Senate President Pro Tem Berger’s office sums up the bills: The compromise economic development plan: Answers the governor’s call for additional job recruitment dollars and moves to the middle […]

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Senate gives tentative approval in close vote to Constitutional Amendment

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, August 11, 2015. The state Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would make big changes in how the state takes in and spends money, but critics warned it could damage the state’s fiscal stability and long-term growth. The proposal would constitutionally limit state spending growth […]

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House raises governor’s infrastructure plans by more than $1 Billion

| August 4, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, August 4, 2015. House leaders unveiled portions of a $2.85 billion bond package at a Monday press conference, arguing that borrowing the money now to pay for projects would take advantage of low interest rates and likely avert anticipated increases in construction costs over time. Along with the $2.85 billion […]

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State budget talks making little progress

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie and Mark Binker, WRAL, July 29, 2015 Nearly a month after the state budget expired, and with their extension deadline looming, House and Senate budget negotiators are talking to the public more than to each other. On Wednesday afternoon, the House budget committee held yet another public meeting to discuss the differences […]

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Clinton comes to Raleigh for $2,700 per plate dinner

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Adam Owens, WRAL, July 22, 2015. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a quick stop in North Carolina Wednesday evening for a private fundraiser at the home of a north Raleigh couple. The invitation suggests a donation of $2,700 per person to Clinton’s presidential campaign. Political science expert, David McLennan said he expects the […]

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Brown, McCrory at odds over tax shift

| July 22, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, July 21, 2015. State Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown and Gov. Pat McCrory waged a war of words Tuesday over the Onslow County Republican’s proposal to rework the way local sales taxes are allocated. “We believe our current sales tax system needs reform,” said Brown at a noon press conference. […]

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Expert: NC election laws crafted to discriminate against blacks

| July 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Michael Hewlett, Winston-Salem Journal, July 20, 2015. An expert testified Friday that state Republican legislators intentionally crafted North Carolina’s election law in a way that would disproportionately burden black and Hispanic voters, a charge that attorneys representing the state and Gov. Pat McCrory strongly deny. The law, known as the Voter Information Verification Act, […]

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Budget negotiators named; McCrory talks to GOP legislators

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published in Washington Times, July 16, 2015. North Carolina legislators wrapped up their first week back after a week off with little to show toward getting the already late state budget finalized next month. By Thursday, both the House and Senate had announced their negotiators to forge a compromise on […]

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GOP claims union backing ‘Moral Monday’

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, July 13, 2015. The North Carolina Republican Party used a news conference in Winston-Salem Monday morning to spotlight what party leaders say is an unseemly connection between labor unions and the “Moral Monday” movement. “Out-of-state unions are really behind Moral Mondays,” Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett told reporters. This claim came as a federal […]

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