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Aug 17, 2015

NC Politics in the News

Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: Common Core approaches crossroad in NC
A special commission created by the state legislature and directed to examine Common Core, the politically contentious national rewrite of education standards, is ready to show its work.

Energy & Environment

NEWS & RECORD: Big changes could be afoot in North Carolina environmental laws
State legislators are mulling changes to pollution laws that could have a pronounced impact on how North Carolina’s environment is monitored, protected and restored after suffering damage.

Information Technology

WRAL: Vendor at center of State Health Plan glitch fired
After weeks of difficulties for state workers and retirees whose health insurance was wrongly listed as "inactive," state officials on Friday terminated the contract of the company handling enrollment and eligibility for the State Health Plan.

Health Care

WRAL: Senate approves Medicaid changes, rejects expansion
Senators passed a package of changes to the state's health insurance program for the poor and uninsured on Tuesday, but not before once again rejecting a bid to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 500,000 North Carolinians who are uninsured.

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: McCrory signs law to battle rare diseases
A new advisory council housed with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine will work toward finding more treatments for rare diseases.

State Budget

NEWS & OBSERVER: State budget writers won’t say if they agree on spending level
Legislators shared scant details Friday about state budget negotiations, one day after House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters he expected an agreement on a spending target within hours.

WRAL: House, Senate agree to another budget extension
State House and Senate lawmakers voted Wednesday to give themselves a second budget deadline extension, this time till Aug. 31.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: General Assembly: 6 big undecided issues on slow march to adjournment
In the last 40 years, only three sessions of the N.C. General Assembly have dragged out longer than the current one. And there’s still plenty of unfinished business.

STAR NEWS: Budget uncertainty surrounds ports, film funding
Three years ago this month, Robert Downey Jr. and a crew of hundreds descended on the Port of Wilmington to film the climactic scenes of “Iron Man 3.”

State Regulations

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC legislation to weed out cheating businesses moves closer to law
Within a year, employers who thumb their noses at labor laws may finally have something to fear in North Carolina.

CAROLINA JOURNAL: Uber, Lyft Regulations Move Forward in House
A bill setting up state regulation of transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft cleared a House Committee on Tuesday.

WNCN: NC House passes bill that regulates drone usage
As drones become more popular across the nation, North Carolina lawmakers are working to create regulations for the technology.

Tax Reform

ROCKY MOUNT TELEGRAM: Local governments work to convince on sales tax shift
These are anxious times for local government officials and groups when it comes to the North Carolina General Assembly – especially when a projected tax windfall or shortfall depends on which city or county line one has crossed.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Governor, Senate leader urge action on different tax bills
Gov. Pat McCrory and Senate Republicans held dueling rallies Wednesday seeking support late in this year’s session from local government leaders and the public for two tax bills involving local governments.


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