NCDP Clips 6/22

General Assembly News

NC House votes 77-40 to OK budget as Democrats blast ‘pork’ projects
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 2,1 2017

Summary: “The N.C. House voted 77-40 Wednesday to approve the final compromise budget, despite objections from Democrats that the spending plan includes millions in “pork” projects for mostly Republican districts.”

  • House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson said the budget had an unprecedented amount of “pork” projects, sometimes known as earmarks, funding nonprofit organizations, downtown revitalization and other initiatives – but only in specific communities, many of them represented by Republican legislators.”
  • Some people don’t seem to like small projects that help struggling communities,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican and lead budget writer.
  • Rep. John Blust, a Greensboro Republican, noted that Democrats included many pork projects in their budgets when they controlled the legislature. “My head’s almost spinning at the hypocrisy … that they’re shocked that there’s pork barrel spending,” he said.”

House, Senate cast votes for budget deal
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 21, 2017

Summary: “The state budget is now one vote away from passage in the General Assembly.The Senate voted 39-11 Wednesday afternoon to give final approval to the $23 billion budget deal worked out as a compromise between House and Senate leaders. The vote came shortly after House lawmakers voted 77-40 to tentatively approve the budget, but not before Democrats heaped some scorching criticism on Republican leaders.”

  • “This budget is pro-growth. We have seen the results of more jobs and rising incomes and rising revenues to the state,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, the House’s chief budget writer. “We believe we’ve invested that wisely and been able to return a portion of that to our taxpayers. We need to keep on that path.”
  • “Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, touted the tax cuts, noting that the increase in the standard deduction would take 90,000 low-income earners off the tax rolls entirely.”
  • “”To say that we are funding the state on the backs of the poorest taxpayers is at best misleading,” Brawley said.”

Why some Senate Democrats voted for the budget
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 21, 2017

Summary: ” A mixture of raises and state funding boosts for local projects convinced a handful of Senate Democrats to back the Republican majority’s budget Tuesday, despite Gov. Roy Cooper calling it “the most fiscally irresponsible budget I’ve ever seen.”

Highlights of final budget by North Carolina legislature
News & Record // AP // June 21, 2017

Summary: “Highlights of the $23 billion budget for North Carolina state government for the 2017-18 fiscal year that received final approval Wednesday in the Senate and tentative approval in the House.” Potential teachers may get a full ride – if they teach the right subject
N&O // Matthew Adams // June 21, 2017

Summary: “College tuition could come free of charge for students headed for careers teaching science, math or special education in North Carolina classrooms… A state budget compromise plan announced Monday in the General Assembly provides several million dollars for a new version of the program.”

Senate unanimously passes bill to crack down on opioid abuse
News & Record // AP // June 21, 2017

Summary: “Legislation aimed at reducing opioid abuse and overdoses has passed the North Carolina Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. The measure approved Wednesday changes how drugs such as OxyContin and morphine are prescribed and dispensed. ”

More Tesla dealerships could be coming to NC under Senate bill
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 21, 2017

Summary: “The electric car company Tesla would be allowed to operate its own dealerships under a bill that was introduced Wednesday in a Senate committee.”

Tesla dealership bill pops up late in session
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 21, 2017

Summary: “A surprise late-session bill to let electric-car manufacturer Tesla sell direct to consumers in North Carolina materialized Wednesday at the legislature. Other automobile manufacturers were not happy.

Asheville elections bill ready for House floor
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 21, 2017

Summary: “A Republican-backed bill to force Asheville to adopt district elections for its City Council, instead of electing all members citywide, cleared committee Wednesday in the House”

Asheville districts bill advances in NC House committee
Asheville Citizen-Times // Mark Barrett // June 21, 2017

Summary: “A House committee on Wednesday passed a bill to elect most Asheville City Council members by district, sending it on to consideration by the full House.”

Sunday morning alcohol sales in stores removed from ‘brunch bill’
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 21, 2017
Summary: “The option to pick up a six-pack of beer at the grocery store on Sunday mornings is no longer a part of the “brunch bill” moving forward in the N.C. House.”

  • “The bill still allows restaurants to begin serving alcoholic beverages at 10 a.m. on Sundays, a major priority for the restaurant and hotel industry.”

Ballot access, runoff bill moves forward
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 21, 2017

Summary: ” Legislation to ease ballot access for third party candidates and to make runoffs less common in crowded primary races cleared committee in the House Wednesday morning.”

  • Committee Chairman Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, said the change would cut down on election costs and that it’s rare for a second-place candidate to pull ahead in a runoff.”

Eased ballot access for independents, third parties advances
News & Record // AP // June 21, 2017

Summary: “A longstanding effort to reduce the signatures needed for independent or third-party candidates to get on North Carolina ballots has gotten some traction at the General Assembly this year.”

Bill cracking down on human trafficking advances in N.C. House
Fayetteville Observer // June 21, 2017

Summary: “A bill to regulate North Carolina’s massage parlors to crack down on human trafficking has received preliminary House approval.”

N.C. law: Woman can’t back out of sex once underway
Fayetteville Observer // Monica Vendituoli // June 21, 2017

Summary: “In 1979, the North Carolina Supreme Court, in State v. Way, ruled that women cannot revoke consent after sexual intercourse begins. Jeff Jackson, a Democratic state senator who represents Mecklenburg County, is working to get the law changed. He said many other women have approached him privately about cases in which they withdrew consent for sex, but the law would not permit the men to be charged.”

  • “Jackson is the sponsor of Senate Bill 553, which would criminalize the failure to stop intercourse when a woman who had originally consented changed her mind. As the end of the current General Assembly session draws near, the bill is stopped in the Senate’s Rules Committee. He said it will probably be dead for the rest of the two-year legislative session.”

Gov. Cooper News

North Carolina Republicans are trying to strip the Governor of his power to challenge laws
Slate // Mark Joseph Stern // June 21, 2017

Summary: “Shortly after Roy Cooper, a Democrat, won the North Carolina governorship, the GOP-dominated General Assembly launched an all-out assault on his office. Legislative Republicans, bolstered by an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, stripped the governor of various powers—most critically, his ability to restore voting rights and appoint certain judges. Cooper sued to block the new laws, and the state judiciary has mostly sided with him, striking downa slew of measures that restricted his ability to govern the state.Now, the state GOP believes it has devised a solution: stop Cooper from filing suit against unconstitutional laws in the first place.”

  • “Since gaining a legislative majority, North Carolina Republicans have had more than a dozen unconstitutional laws overturned by the courts,” Ford Porter, a Cooper spokesman, told me. “In response, they appear intent on dismantling checks and balances in state government. In addition to a legislative assault on the courts, Republicans are now attempting to rig the system by limiting the Executive Branch’s ability to challenge unconstitutional laws.”

NC lawmakers attempt to clip Gov. Cooper’s wings further in budget
N&O // Anne Blythe & Craig Jarvis // June 21, 2017

Summary: The Republicans at the helm of the General Assembly have taken numerous steps to clip Gov. Roy Cooper’s wings since the Democrat won election to the executive office.”

  • “The budget rolled out this week attempts to further limit his office, by cutting nearly $1 million in funding, moving oversight of a commission and a grant program that had been in his purview to Republican-led offices, and limiting his ability to hire private attorneys to help challenge their legislation in court.”

With 1 more vote, N Carolina budget heads to Gov Cooper
News & Record // AP // June 22, 2017

Summary: “The state budget drawn up by Republicans at the North Carolina legislature will soon be in the hands of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who’s already made plain his dislike for it.”

Gov. Cooper criticizes budget during CPCC visit but won’t say he’ll veto it
Charlotte Observer // Caroline Metzler // June 21, 2017

Summary: “Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the state budget, being approved by legislators this week, during a visit to Charlotte on Wednesday but didn’t say whether he would veto it.” GOP lawmakers target Democrat Josh Stein with surprise budget cuts
N&O //Anne Blythe // June 21, 2017

Summary: “North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein was taken by surprise this week when lawmakers he used to work beside as a state senator cut $10 million from the state Department of Justice budget with very specific targets.”

  • “The budget writers designated specific funds where the cuts were to be made, an option that puts the recently elected attorney general in the position of planning lay-offs of almost half his attorneys.”

Senate, House votes means budget deal soon on Cooper’s desk
News & Record // AP // June 21, 2017

Summary: “A North Carolina state budget neared final legislative approval Wednesday, as GOP legislators who approved it highlighted its pay raises for teachers, tax breaks and reserves for protection from the next recession or storm.”

AG’s office faces steep personnel cuts under budget
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 21, 2017

Summary: “An unexplained cut to the Department of Justice within the final Republican-penned budget deal being voted on this week would mean deep cuts to legal and administrative staff in the office of Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein”

Governor signs legislation named after Moore County toddler into law
The Pilot // David Sinclair // June 21, 2017

Summary: “Rylan’s law is now the law in North Carolina.Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday signed into law legislation that is named after a Moore County toddler who died more than a year ago while in the custody of social services.”
Key Targets News – House

Bill Brawley

House, Senate cast votes for budget deal
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 21, 2017

Summary: “The state budget is now one vote away from passage in the General Assembly.The Senate voted 39-11 Wednesday afternoon to give final approval to the $23 billion budget deal worked out as a compromise between House and Senate leaders. The vote came shortly after House lawmakers voted 77-40 to tentatively approve the budget, but not before Democrats heaped some scorching criticism on Republican leaders.”

  • “This budget is pro-growth. We have seen the results of more jobs and rising incomes and rising revenues to the state,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, the House’s chief budget writer. “We believe we’ve invested that wisely and been able to return a portion of that to our taxpayers. We need to keep on that path.”
  • “Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, touted the tax cuts, noting that the increase in the standard deduction would take 90,000 low-income earners off the tax rolls entirely.”
  • “”To say that we are funding the state on the backs of the poorest taxpayers is at best misleading,” Brawley said.”

Nelson Dollar

NC House votes 77-40 to OK budget as Democrats blast ‘pork’ projects
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 2,1 2017

Summary: “The N.C. House voted 77-40 Wednesday to approve the final compromise budget, despite objections from Democrats that the spending plan includes millions in “pork” projects for mostly Republican districts.”

  • House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson said the budget had an unprecedented amount of “pork” projects, sometimes known as earmarks, funding nonprofit organizations, downtown revitalization and other initiatives – but only in specific communities, many of them represented by Republican legislators.”
  • Some people don’t seem to like small projects that help struggling communities,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican and lead budget writer.
  • “Rep. John Blust, a Greensboro Republican, noted that Democrats included many pork projects in their budgets when they controlled the legislature. “My head’s almost spinning at the hypocrisy … that they’re shocked that there’s pork barrel spending,” he said.”

House, Senate cast votes for budget deal
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 21, 2017

Summary: “The state budget is now one vote away from passage in the General Assembly.The Senate voted 39-11 Wednesday afternoon to give final approval to the $23 billion budget deal worked out as a compromise between House and Senate leaders. The vote came shortly after House lawmakers voted 77-40 to tentatively approve the budget, but not before Democrats heaped some scorching criticism on Republican leaders.”

  • “This budget is pro-growth. We have seen the results of more jobs and rising incomes and rising revenues to the state,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, the House’s chief budget writer. “We believe we’ve invested that wisely and been able to return a portion of that to our taxpayers. We need to keep on that path.”
  • “Rep.Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, touted the tax cuts, noting that the increase in the standard deduction would take 90,000 low-income earners off the tax rolls entirely.”
  • “”To say that we are funding the state on the backs of the poorest taxpayers is at best misleading,” Brawley said.”

Susan Martin

Martin, Horner support $23B state budget deal
Wilson Times // Drew Wilson // June 21, 2017

Summary: “Area legislators are voicing their opinions on the $23 billion North Carolina budget that passed 77-40 in a preliminary state House vote Wednesday. ”

  • “I fought hard to ensure our area is strengthened by responsible use of taxpayer dollars,” Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, said in a prepared statement. “Specifically, eliminating the mill machinery tax will help manufacturing, teacher pay raises and further education funding for the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf will help our children prepare for the workforce, and 99 percent of families will see income tax savings.”
  • “We did all that while adding to Hurricane Matthew recovery and saving for the next natural disaster,” Martin added. “A good, responsible budget should fund priority needs and send the rest back to taxpayers to fuel economic growth — this budget does that.

Gregory Murphy

Murphy: State budget benefits Pitt County
Daily Reflector // Ginger Livingston // June 22, 2017

Summary: “With a university, community college and public school system among its largest employers, Pitt County residents are expected to reap major benefits in the state’s biennium budget, Pitt County Rep. Greg Murphy said.”

  • “It’s not a perfect budget, I didn’t get everything in there that I wanted but I think it is a reasonable and future-thinking budget by investing in our people while putting money back into people’s pocket to invest as they see fit,” said Murphy, a Republican who is one of three House members representing Pitt County.
  • “He said the budget also includes funding for specific organizations within the Greenville-Pitt County community.The Brody School of Medicine secured an additional $4 million in recurring funding for stabilization, bringing the total to $8 million, Murphy said. The stabilization fund supports the school’s faculty recruitment and retention efforts.”

John Blust

NC House votes 77-40 to OK budget as Democrats blast ‘pork’ projects
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 2,1 2017

Summary: “The N.C. House voted 77-40 Wednesday to approve the final compromise budget, despite objections from Democrats that the spending plan includes millions in “pork” projects for mostly Republican districts.”

  • House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson said the budget had an unprecedented amount of “pork” projects, sometimes known as earmarks, funding nonprofit organizations, downtown revitalization and other initiatives – but only in specific communities, many of them represented by Republican legislators.”
  • “Some people don’t seem to like small projects that help struggling communities,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican and lead budget writer.
  • Rep. John Blust, a Greensboro Republican, noted that Democrats included many pork projects in their budgets when they controlled the legislature. “My head’s almost spinning at the hypocrisy … that they’re shocked that there’s pork barrel spending,” he said.”

Scott Stone

Gov. Cooper criticizes budget during CPCC visit but won’t say he’ll veto it
Charlotte Observer // Caroline Metzler // June 21, 2017

Summary: “Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the state budget, being approved by legislators this week, during a visit to Charlotte on Wednesday but didn’t say whether he would veto it.”

  • “Rep. Scott Stone, R-Mecklenburg, said the budget sets the state up for a good financial standing – including setting aside enough money for the state’s rainy day fund.”
  • “We are now in better financial shape than almost any state in the country,” Stone said.”

Ted Davis

Proposed NC budget impacts Cape Fear region
Star News // Tim Buckland // June 21, 2017

Summary: “The proposed budget N.C. House and Senate leaders sent to Gov. Roy Cooper would impact the three-county region in a number of ways, including creating sustaining funding for film grants and funding proposes measures to address the region’s opioid epidemic.The budget must be adopted by June 30, though Gov. Roy Cooper’s office has indicated a veto is possible, with a governor’s spokesman saying the plan has the “wrong priorities.”

  • Funding of $500,000 over two years for a pilot program to address the opioid crisis proposed by Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, was included in the budget.

David Lewis

Ballot access, runoff bill moves forward
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 21, 2017

Summary: ” Legislation to ease ballot access for third party candidates and to make runoffs less common in crowded primary races cleared committee in the House Wednesday morning.”

  • Committee Chairman Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, said the change would cut down on election costs and that it’s rare for a second-place candidate to pull ahead in a runoff.”

Holly Grange

Proposed NC budget impacts Cape Fear region
Star News // Tim Buckland // June 21, 2017

Summary: “The proposed budget N.C. House and Senate leaders sent to Gov. Roy Cooper would impact the three-county region in a number of ways, including creating sustaining funding for film grants and funding proposes measures to address the region’s opioid epidemic.The budget must be adopted by June 30, though Gov. Roy Cooper’s office has indicated a veto is possible, with a governor’s spokesman saying the plan has the “wrong priorities.”

  • “Funding of $500,000 over two years for a pilot program to address the opioid crisis proposed by Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, was included in the budget.”
  • “Back in the budget is a mental health pilot program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center that would provide $500,000 over two years to pay for three new positions at the hospital …Its sponsors include Sens. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, and Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, and Rep. Holly Grange, R-New Hanover.”

Key Target News – Senate

Michael Lee

Proposed NC budget impacts Cape Fear region
Star News // Tim Buckland // June 21, 2017

Summary: “The proposed budget N.C. House and Senate leaders sent to Gov. Roy Cooper would impact the three-county region in a number of ways, including creating sustaining funding for film grants and funding proposes measures to address the region’s opioid epidemic.The budget must be adopted by June 30, though Gov. Roy Cooper’s office has indicated a veto is possible, with a governor’s spokesman saying the plan has the “wrong priorities.”

  • “Funding of $500,000 over two years for a pilot program to address the opioid crisis proposed by Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, was included in the budget.”
  • “Back in the budget is a mental health pilot program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center that would provide $500,000 over two years to pay for three new positions at the hospital …Its sponsors include Sens. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, and Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, andRep. Holly Grange, R-New Hanover.”

Jeff Tarte

Gov. Cooper criticizes budget during CPCC visit but won’t say he’ll veto it
Charlotte Observer // Caroline Metzler // June 21, 2017

Summary: “Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the state budget, being approved by legislators this week, during a visit to Charlotte on Wednesday but didn’t say whether he would veto it.”

  • “Rep. Scott Stone, R-Mecklenburg, said the budget sets the state up for a good financial standing – including setting aside enough money for the state’s rainy day fund.”
  • “We are now in better financial shape than almost any state in the country,” Stone said.”
  • Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, said if Cooper vetoes the budget, it will risk many provisions, including no longer automatically charging 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for all crimes.”

Dan Bishop

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