May 8, 2017
NC Politics in the News
Budget, Revenue and Economic Development
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC revenue surplus grows to $580.5 million as
Senate finalizes budget
Legislative budget writers will have more funding to work with after North
Carolina's projected revenue surplus grew slightly to $580.5 million,
according to projections released May 5.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: HB 2 didn’t stop NC from topping a ‘prosperity
Acknowledging that it will "come as a shock to some" given the furor that
enveloped the state after the controversial House Bill 2 became law last
year, Site Selection magazine has ranked North Carolina tops in economic
ASHEBORO COURIER TRIBUNE: NC gave out record $245M in energy tax
breaks; here’s who benefited
North Carolina residents and businesses claimed a record quarter-billion
dollars in tax credits for renewable energy projects last year.
DURHAM HERALD SUN: Gov. Cooper committing to working with private NC
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday he'll work with the new private
nonprofit to attract companies to North Carolina, rather than cancel its
contract and risk further instability to the state's economic brand in part
in the aftermath over House Bill 2.
WRAL-NEWS: NC superintendent praises, criticizes staffing changes at
state education department
The State Board of Education voted on several major staffing changes at the
state education department Thursday, drawing both praise and criticism from
Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC elections agency works to avoid late-night
result changes, ineligible felon voters
State election officials say they're taking steps to avoid some problems
seen during November's election by improving procedures for publishing vote
counts and removing active felons from voter rolls.
WFAE-NEWS: Gov. vetoes protections for hog farms, signs reform bill
Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would limit the amount of damages
nearby property owners can collect if a court rules that smells from hog
and poultry farms are a nuisance; the governor also has signed a
Republican-backed bill that rolls back some state regulations on the
environment, business and government agencies.
In the Courts
WBTV-NEWS: Appeals court upholds Charlotte I-77 toll lane deal
The state Court of Appeals has rejected a legal challenge to a project
adding toll lanes along a Charlotte-area interstate, ruling Tuesday that
the state acted lawfully when it made the deal with a private toll
Justice & Public Safety
WTVD-NEWS: NC Chief Justice urges passage of ‘raise the age’
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin urged legislators Monday not to let
North Carolina become the only remaining state that automatically tries 16-
and 17-year-olds in criminal court, but to pass legislation aligned with a
recommendation of a commission he organized.
WRAL-NEWS: Federal grant to help limit development near NC military
North Carolina will receive more than $9 million in federal funding to
protect areas around military bases, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler
FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Elon Poll: 48 percent approve of Roy Cooper’s
The latest Elon University Poll has found a near majority of voters -- 48
percent -- believe first-term Gov. Roy Cooper is doing a good job.
State Employee Benefits
NEWS & OBSERVER: Limiting NC retirement benefits will hurt state
employees, critics say
Ending government pensions for future state employees and teachers would
make it hard for the state to fill jobs, workers’ representatives warned
state senators as they discussed a proposal to limit retiree benefits.
UNC Basketball Honored
WITN-NEWS: UNC men’s basketball team honored by governor, General
The national champion University of North Carolina men's basketball team
was honored by the governor and state lawmakers Wednesday.