May 15, 2017
NC Politics in the News
WRAL-NEWS: State board chairman calls for changes to Achievement School
State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey would like to see "some tweaks
in the legislation" before the board chooses which low-performing schools
will be included in the state's new Achievement School District, he told
WRAL News last week.
Environment & Natural Resources
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC legislation’s ‘a perfect opportunity to ruin
Sen. Jeff Tarte was one of only two Republicans to vote on April 24 against
a Senate bill that would eliminate the 50-foot shoreline buffer that
protects the Catawba River and its lakes from runoff and stream bank
ELIZABETH CITY DAILY ADVANCE: Senate budget includes wind energy halt
The N.C. Senate's proposed state budget includes a moratorium on state
approval of any new wind energy projects that is expected to meet stiff
opposition in the state House.
WITN-NEWS: 26 counties will no longer require emissions testing
North Carolina environmental officials say the state's air has become clean
enough that only 22 of its 100 counties still have to conduct vehicle
Justice & Public Safety
WNCN-NEWS: NC House bill seeks human trafficking education, service
North Carolina has laws punishing human traffickers, but some House members
say more must be done to prevent young women from entering the forced sex
trade and help those rescued from it get their lives back on track.
WRAL-NEWS: ‘Raise the age’ gathers steam
As Rep. Chuck McGrady introduced House Bill 280 to the House Appropriations
Committee on Thursday morning, he noted that not only had a majority of the
committee signed on as co-sponsors, but that Senate leaders had also taken
the unusual step of including a House policy bill in their budget proposal,
albeit with some changes.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Redistricting: Asheville mayor, GOP lawmakers
vs. Republican leadership
An effort to fundamentally change how the state draws political lines has
created unusual allies.
Senate Budget Proposal
ASHEBORO COURIER TRIBUNE: Senate Oks budget; House’s turn next
The Senate voted 32-15 early Friday along party lines to approve Republican
leaders' budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.
WBTV-NEWS: Highlights of North Carolina state Senate’s budget bill
Highlights of the $22.9 billion budget for North Carolina state government
for the 2017-18 fiscal year tentatively approved Thursday by the state
NEWS & OBSERVER: Here’s how the NC Senate budget compares with Gov.
Roy Cooper’s proposal
N.C. Senate Republicans have major disagreements with Gov. Roy Cooper on
how much to spend in next year's budget and whether to cut taxes. Cooper
released his budget proposal in early March and touted its plans for
teacher raises, Medicaid expansion and other major projects.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Study finds NC population growth drives more
wear and tear on roadways, bridges
North Carolina's population growth is taking on the state's roads, a cost
that current state funding is not meeting, a national transportation
lobbying group said Thursday.
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC hog farms win legal protections; Senate
overrides Cooper’s veto
North Carolina's hog farms won an extra measure of protections from
lawsuits Thursday, after the state Senate overrode a veto by Gov. Roy
Cooper, who had sought to preserve the right of property owners to sue
farmers over quality-of-life issues.