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Sep 14, 2015

NC Politics in the News

State Budget

WRAL: Budget deal may be ready for review
After days of practicing something like a cross between the Kremlinology of the Cold War era and the vigil that anticipates the naming of a new pope, reporters were told Friday night that top lawmakers had reached a deal on the budget.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Democrats sidelined in legislature's budget talks
Back in July, House Speaker Tim Moore made a surprise move: He appointed 19 Democrats to the 82-member House budget conference committee.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Driver's ed compromise in the works
As state legislators work through final budget negotiations, there may be a resolution to what had been a major sticking point: financing for driver’s education.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Top NC House Democrat: GOP ‘secret society’ out to alter retirement plan
House Democratic Leader Larry Hall called a press conference Thursday to tell reporters that a Republican “secret society” is planning sweeping changes to the state employee retirement system.

Economy & Economic Development

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC House, Senate leaders agree to hold bond vote next year
N.C. House and Senate leaders say they’ve agreed to hold the bond referendum sought by Gov. Pat McCrory next year, but it’s unclear how much the state would borrow and what projects would be funded.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Commuters flood into Mecklenburg
Mecklenburg County is growing as a magnet for commuters from the region and around the country, an Observer analysis of new census data shows.

Education

STAR NEWS: Virtual charter schools offer students options
Set up in her classroom in her mother's office, Morgan, along with about 3,000 other students across the state, attends one of North Carolina's new virtual charter schools.

Elections

WNCN: Jeb Bush calls for sweeping tax changes at Garner event
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush unveiled his plans for sweeping tax changes on Wednesday, saying he has a plan to grow the economy by 4 percent in a speech at an industrial plant.

ABC 11: Bernie Sanders holds rally in Greensboro
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is hoping the big crowds he's attracted across the country will continue in North Carolina.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC maintains fourth highest enrollment under Affordable Care Act
North Carolina maintains the fourth-highest enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, but the state saw a 6.6 percent drop in enrollment, among the largest declines in the nation, from April through June 30.

NEWS & OBSERVER: New rule may increase pay for home care workers
Home care workers in North Carolina will soon be entitled to minimum wage and overtime under new federal standards.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: DHHS gets $4.7M, 5-year federal grant to combat overdoses
A state health division has received an annual $939,000 federal grant for five years to expand initiatives aimed at the prevention of deaths from an overdose of prescription drugs.

Insurance

SHELBY STAR: McCrory signs unemployment insurance bill in Gastonia
Gov. Pat McCrory signed off on sweeping changes to the state’s unemployment laws Thursday that he promised will help job seekers land work faster.

PRESS RELEASE/FACT SHEET: Governor McCrory Signs Unemployment Insurance Reforms Into Law
Governor Pat McCrory continued his sweeping reform of North Carolina’s unemployment insurance program with the signing of Senate Bill 15 during a ceremony at the Gaston County JobLink facility in Gastonia.


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