NCDP Clips 7/11

General Assembly News

NC projections show future state revenue shortfalls
N&O // Lynn Bonner // July 10, 2017

Summary: "State expenses are expected to grow faster than revenue starting in 2019, according to a five-year budget forecast.The report by nonpartisan legislative staff offers a half-dozen suggestions for dealing with future shortfalls, including not paying for inflationary increases in spending items such as state salaries; using money unspent from previous years; calling off planned income tax cuts; or increasing the sales tax rate from 4.75 percent to 5 percent."

Analysis predicts $1B gap; NC GOP says it won’t happen
Asheville Citizen-Times // Gary Robertson // July 10, 2017

Summary: "The newly approved North Carolina budget with its tax cut plan could contribute to a $1 billion-plus annual gap between revenues and projected government expenses by 2020, according to an analysis by the General Assembly’s nonpartisan staff."

  • ""We are not projecting that kind of growth in government spending because we are not going to automatically spend every dime we get out hands on," said Rep. Bill Brawley of Mecklenburg County, a House Finance Committee senior co-chairman."

Our View: Partisanship takes another victim
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial // July 10, 2017

Summary: "They should have seen it coming. And in all likelihood, they did. But that didn’t stop the General Assembly’s Republican majority from politicizing races for local boards and judgeships that should be anything but political."

  • "The new laws forcing partisanship into places where it doesn’t belong give unaffiliated voters extra hurdles to get on a ballot, requiring them to collect a substantial number of signatures on a petition before they can become a candidate."
  • "Why are we allowing our lawmakers to politicize government entities that shouldn’t be compromised by politics? That’s especially true when it comes to our judgeships, which should be about interpreting and applying the law, without regard to political considerations. "

N.C. House wisely sinks constitutional convention
Star News // Editorial // July 11, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina dodged a bullet the other day when state House members torpedoed a proposal to call a national convention to amend the Constitution. Actually, it probably dodged a land mine. It’s scary that the state Senate actually approved the notion."

  • "Those old guys in wigs, back in the 1700s, knew what they were doing. Changing our basic rules, including those dealing with our liberties, should be a long, drawn-out process. A convention is just too risky."

Lobbyist fundraiser invite raises questions
WRAL // Laura Leslie // July 10, 2017

Summary: "Current lobbyist and former state Rep. Mike Hager is "co-hosting" a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, but says he hasn’t broken the state law against political contributions by lobbyists.Good-government advocates say it’s confusing and gives the appearance of impropriety."

Schools weigh merit-based principal pay, other state budget effects
The Pilot // Mary Kate Murphy // July 10, 2017

Summary: "Thanks to the $1.7 million in reserves the county commissioners have earmarked, Moore County Schools’ administrators are confident that the district can ride out the state budget adopted by the N.C. General Assembly last month without adverse effect to students, classes and programs. But that won’t save school staff from having to do more with less."

  • "“I’ve never seen anything more micromanaged than the legislature is doing to schools,” said board Chairman Ed Dennison. “It’s absolutely unbelievable. It’s obvious to me that they have no clue how school districts are run or what is needed in school districts.”"

Gov. Cooper News

Several ENC locations receive grant money for storm prep, area growth
ABC12 // Jason Boyd // July 10, 2017

Summary: "Seven locations in Eastern North Carolina have received grant money in excess of $100,000 to help them prepare for hurricanes, storms and growth, the Governor’s Office reported Monday."

Carolina Shores, Caswell Beach getting grant money for flood planning
WECT // Staff // July 10, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that parts of a $100,000 grant are going to Carolina Shores and Caswell Beach. Carolina Shores is getting $17,500 to produce a flood mitigation manual to aid property owners in reducing flooding, and Caswell Beach is getting $15,000 for a stormwater drainage study to identify alternatives to alleviate flooding."

Consumer groups want NC governor to veto finance industry bill
N&O // David Ranii // July 10, 2017

Summary: "Consumer advocacy groups are sounding the alarm about a bill that was pushed through the legislature at the behest of the consumer finance industry and is now on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk…A spokesman for Cooper, Ford Porter, said that the measure, HB 140, is one of a number of bills being reviewed by the governor."

Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

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Mike Clampitt

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John Bradford

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Bill Brawley

Analysis predicts $1B gap; NC GOP says it won’t happen
Asheville Citizen-Times // Gary Robertson // July 10, 2017

Summary: "The newly approved North Carolina budget with its tax cut plan could contribute to a $1 billion-plus annual gap between revenues and projected government expenses by 2020, according to an analysis by the General Assembly’s nonpartisan staff."

  • ""We are not projecting that kind of growth in government spending because we are not going to automatically spend every dime we get out hands on," said Rep. Bill Brawley of Mecklenburg County, a House Finance Committee senior co-chairman."

Nelson Dollar

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Chris Malone

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Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

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John Szoka

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Stephen Ross

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Andy Dulin

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John Blust

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Jonathan Jordan

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Michele Presnell

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Beverly Boswell

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John Sauls

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Donny Lambeth

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Linda Hunt Williams

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Scott Stone

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Larry Pittman

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John Faircloth

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Dennis Riddell

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Ted Davis

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John Hardister

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Dana Bumgardner

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Bob Steinburg

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Linda Johnson

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David Lewis

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George Cleveland

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Debra Conrad

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Mark Brody

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Michael Speciale

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Donna White

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Holly Grange

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Bert Jones

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Key Target News – Senate

Tamara Barringer

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John Alexander

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Chad Barefoot

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Wesley Meredith

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Trudy Wade

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Michael Lee

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Jeff Tarte

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Danny Britt

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Bill Cook

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Dan Bishop

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Jim Davis

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NCDP News / Mentions

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