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House budget prompts tax, spending disagreements with Senate

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, The Charlotte Observer, May 18, 2015. State senators and House members could spend the coming weeks debating income taxes and spending levels after the House’s budget proposal – released Monday – highlighted divisions between Republicans in the two chambers. The House’s draft would increase general fund spending by $1.3 billion, or 6.3 […]

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House would spend nearly $1 billion more than McCrory

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Rick Henderson and Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, May 19, 2015. The General Fund budget proposal released Monday by GOP state House leaders for the two-year budget cycle starting July 1 would increase spending by nearly $1 billion more than the increase recommended in March by Gov. Pat McCrory, a fellow Republican. The proposal received a chilly […]

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House budget plan modest, targeted

| May 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, May 14, 2015. While many details of the state House’s budget remain incomplete, the broad outlines of the nearly $22 billion proposal unveiled Thursday morning in committees show few major changes in the state’s largest spending areas, education and health care, aside from targeted investment in specific expansion items. In education, […]

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At midterm, NC Gov. Pat McCrory finessing re-election agenda

| May 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Craig Jarvis, Charlotte Observer, May 2, 2015. Last September, Gov. Pat McCrory started talking about his grand vision to remake drab downtown Raleigh government buildings into vibrant swaths of apartments, stores and offices, calling it Project Phoenix. By February, that had become the title of a proposed statewide drive to restore or replace buildings to be […]

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Senators float tax cut idea

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 26, 2015. A trio of senior state senators rolled out a bill Thursday they said could save state taxpayers $1 billion annually, but it’s unclear how this measure fits with the flurry of tax bills making their way through the General Assembly. Sens. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, and […]

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Dix deal in question

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, News and Observer published in The Insider, March 27, 2015. A bill filed late Thursday by three Republican senators would put the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property up for bid, likely revoking a deal reached between Raleigh leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to create a park. Senate Bill 705 calls for ensuring “the […]

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McCrory amends ethics report to show others paid for seven trips

| March 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Andrew Curliss, News and Observer, March 9, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday filed new ethics disclosure forms that show seven previously unreported trips valued at about $13,000 in 2013. The governor’s office said late Monday it is gathering information about previous years and “will be updating past SEI forms.” “We are in the […]

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After contentious meeting, Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance fails 6-5

| March 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Ely Portillo and Mark Price, Charlotte Observer, March 2, 2015. Controversial bathroom provision removed before City Council’s final vote After a contentious meeting on Monday, Charlotte City Council voted down the most controversial ordinance it has considered in years, a nondiscrimination proposal that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories. […]

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Tillis and Burr oppose Lynch as Attorney General

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill and Michael Doyle, Charlotte Observer, February 26, 2015. The nomination of Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general cleared a major hurdle Thursday and now moves to the full Senate, where the two senators from her native state plan to fight it. Lynch’s nomination won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee despite the […]

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Patsy Keever to lead Democrats

| February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, February 7, 2015. Patsy Keever of Asheville was elected state Democratic Party chairwoman Saturday, taking over at a time of financial challenges and deep interparty divisions as the 2016 election cycle begins. Keever defeated four other candidates for the post. She succeeds Randy Voller, who spent two controversial years […]

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