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Senate pulls tax-limiting amendment from calendar

| June 17, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, June 16, 2016. An effort to cap the state income tax rate was removed quietly from the Senate’s calendar on Wednesday, one day after that body’s Finance Committee gave the proposed change to the N.C. Constitution a thumbs up. Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, made a motion to withdraw Senate Bill 817 from […]

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Ferry division fires 11 workers

| June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Connie Leinbach, Ocracoke Observer, June 14, 2016. The Ocracoke community is buzzing over the firings Friday of 11 N.C. Ferry Division workers at the Silver Lake Ferry terminal operations. Word was out over the weekend after seven career employees and four temporary employees were dismissed. Among those fired are Albert O’Neal, 44, ferry operations manager […]

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Key differences between House and Senate Budget

| June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 15, 2016. House and Senate budget negotiators hope to reach agreement on a $22.225 billion tax and spending bill over the next two weeks. While the two chambers agree on a number of things, including the amount of overall spending that should be allowed, there are some key differences. The legislature’s […]

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Future of state pension fund could be at risk

| June 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Nick Ochsner,, June 9, 2016. Years of risky investments by North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell could put the future of the state’s pension fund at risk, an On Your Side investigation has found. The North Carolina Retirement System invests its $86 billion pension fund as a way to generate enough revenue to cover […]

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Coal ash commission veto override dammed up

| June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 8, 2016. Senate leaders have not called for an expected vote to pass this year’s coal ash management bill by overriding Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto, and it appears that some sort of behind-the-scenes negotiations will push the vote off for at least another week. That likely delay comes as Duke […]

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House and Senate brace for budget talks

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Matt Caulder, NC Capitol Connection, June 3, 2016. With the state Senate giving final approval to its version of the budget shortly after midnight Friday, the stage is set for Senate and House members to come together and hammer out a budget deal to deliver to the governor before the start of the new […]

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Senators skirmish over shellfish

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, June 2, 2016. A proposal to rewrite long-standing environmental rules and spend half a million dollars on a questionable shellfish experiment is moving forward in the Senate budget, despite Democrats’ efforts to derail it. The item is part of a larger section of the Senate budget’s special provisions that would throw […]

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Senate gives final approval to $22.2B spending plan

| June 3, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, June 3, 2016. Senate members voted 26-13 shortly after midnight Friday to give final approval to their 2016-17 spending proposal. Unlike Thursday morning, when the debate was contentious on several points before senators voted along party lines to give preliminary approval to the $22.2 billion budget proposal, there was no debate early […]

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Teacher pay raises, tax cuts among ‘highlights’ of Senate budget

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, May 31, 2016. Senate leaders said Tuesday afternoon their budget will both cut taxes and raise teacher pay while staying within a $22.225 billion budget cap. However, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Budget Chairman Harry Brown ticked off a litany of “highlights” during a news conference, although a complete version […]

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Records show McCrory’s frequent use of state plane to fly home

| May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Nick Ochsner, WBTV, May 25, 2016. Governor Pat McCrory’s frequent trips to Charlotte and the state’s Western Residence in Asheville has cost taxpayers nearly $60,000 in flight time on state airplanes. McCrory makes no secret of the time he spends at his home in Charlotte and at the Western Residence. A review of travel […]

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