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 ranking’

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 development.

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 economic recruiter

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.

Election Law

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.

Governor’s Desk

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 operator.

Justice & Public Safety

WTVD-NEWS: NC Chief Justice urges passage of ‘raise the age’ legislation

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.

Military Affairs

WRAL-NEWS: Federal grant to help limit development near NC military bases

North Carolina will receive more than $9 million in federal funding to protect areas around military bases, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said Tuesday.

Poll Released

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Elon Poll: 48 percent approve of Roy Cooper’s job performance

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 Assembly

The national champion University of North Carolina men's basketball team was honored by the governor and state lawmakers Wednesday.