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Jun 5, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Education

WRAL-NEWS: Expansion of vouchers sparks debate

House and Senate Republican leaders are planning to expand the state's school voucher program by nearly one-third next year, but Democrats say the money should be spent on reducing class sizes in public schools instead.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Elementary and middle school math set to change

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will learn math according to revised state standards beginning in 2018.

Elections

WRAL-NEWS: Hurricane, vote challenged prompt push for changes to NC election rules

Events from last fall might wind up being felt for years to come during North Carolina elections.

House Budget

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC House votes 80-31 to approve budget, with support from a few Democrats

The N.C. House voted 80-31 to approve its budget proposal shortly after midnight Thursday.

NEWS & OBSERVER: A McCrory jobs initiative survived a rocky start and may get money to expand its reach

Republican budget writers are pleased enough with the state's experiment in a public-private venture to attract new jobs that they propose to spend an additional $5 million on it in the next two years.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC House moves to shift road funding to new charter school bus grant

A proposal to move money from road maintenance to a new grant program for charter schools divided the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday.

SALISBURY POST: NC House’s budget plan doesn’t make tax cuts as deep as Senate’s

North Carolina House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a tax plan for the next two years that’s more modest than the Senate’s proposal from earlier this month, offering a small income tax break to individuals and targeting key industries they want to grow.

In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: US Supreme Court affirms NC legislative districts as racial gerrymanders

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from state lawmakers to review a lower court’s ruling that struck down the 2011 state legislative districts, but sent the case back for reconsideration of whether elections should be held in 2017 as the lower court ordered.

WRAL-NEWS: Judges dismiss Cooper challenge to elections board overhaul

A three-judge panel ruled Thursday that a law combining oversight of elections and ethics complaints under one board could move forward.

Regulatory Reform

WNCN NEWS: NC ‘Brunch Bill’ heads to House for possible approval

The so-called “Brunch Bill” passed the North Carolina Senate last week and is now on its way to the House.

WNCN NEWS: NC bill would allow concealed guns without a permit

North Carolina lawmakers are considering eliminating the requirement that people must have a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Faster 5G wireless networks would get green light under NC House bill – but some fear health effects

Legislation that passed the N.C. House Tuesday would smooth the way for wireless providers to upgrade to faster 5G service, but the bill prompted concerns that it strips local governments of control and could pose health concerns.

Transportation

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: ‘Megaproject’ bill killed by NC Senate

A bill that would have established a funding mechanism for large transportation projects beyond established state funding limits -- like the long-discussed plan to build a new Wilmington bridge over the Cape Fear River -- was killed by the State Senate Thursday afternoon.