NCDP Clips for Friday, June 26, 2015

NCDP Clips for Friday, June 26th, 2015

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Lawmakers negotiating temporary NC spending measure (WRAL-TV) — House and Senate leaders are crafting a temporary spending measure to keep North Carolina’s government operating while they negotiate a final budget deal, but they said a few minor points kept them from reaching agreement on a continuing resolution Thursday afternoon. "We’re this close," Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said, holding is thumb and forefinger nearly together in front of his eye. "I feel confident we’re going to see something Monday."

NC industry groups say Senate budget hurts innovation (Raleigh News & Observer) — Industry groups representing technology and life sciences companies are lobbying against provisions in the state Senate budget that they say would hurt the state’s ability to attract and nurture innovative businesses.

Hospitals, colleges lobby against Senate tax proposals (Raleigh News & Observer) — Hospital and private university officials said Thursday that the Senate’s proposed tax changes could leave them with budget holes and reduced private donations.

NC legislature delays deal on temporary state budget (Raleigh News & Observer) — Hospital and private university officials said Thursday that the Senate’s proposed tax changes could leave them with budget holes and reduced private donations. The Senate budget – currently getting a critical, multiday hearing from the House – would drop a cap on nonprofits’ sales tax refunds from the current $45 million to $1 million over five years. And the budget would cap itemized personal income tax deductions at $20,000, including charitable contributions.

Greensboro mayor: HB 263 ‘extreme waste of time’ (Greensboro News & Record) — Legislation to change the Greensboro City Council is an “extreme waste of time” and “distraction” from real issues, a frustrated Mayor Nancy Vaughan said Thursday.

Packaging requirements for e-cigarette liquid in NC approved (AP) — North Carolina legislators have agreed to put more regulations on the rapidly growing electronic cigarette industry, particularly child-resistant packaging on containers of nicotine-laced liquid from which its vapors are inhaled.


NC reactions mixed as Supreme Court keeps health subsidies (AP) — Substitute teacher Kim Jones of Wake Forest said Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allows her to keep receiving help to pay for the health insurance she credits for saving her life.

Supreme Court ruling brings Medicaid expansion for NC into focus (WRAL-TV) — State leaders have said they didn’t want to consider expanding North Carolina’s Medicaid program until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Now that the case is decided, lawmakers and the governor are looking ahead.

Supreme Court ruling brings stability to NC health insurance market (Raleigh News & Observer) — In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Thursday that more than 6 million Americans, including almost 459,000 in North Carolina, can keep the federal subsidies that help them pay for health insurance.

Reporter for advocacy group barred from meeting (Raleigh News & Observer) — The office of Gov. Pat McCrory prevented a writer for an advocacy group from attending a meeting Thursday of the N.C. Business Committee for Education, a nonprofit that is housed in the governor’s office. It is the second time in recent weeks that the administration prevented a reporter for N.C. Policy Watch from attending an event listed on the governor’s public schedule that was described as being for “credentialed” press only.

Governor Signs Bill Limiting Environmental Reviews (N.C. Health News) — Under a new law, state agencies must limit their reviews of projects that can impact the environment and the public’s health. The new law, signed last Friday by Gov. Pat McCrory, reforms the State Environmental Policy Act, or SEPA, a decades-old law that critics say has grown unnecessary and burdensome, but which supporters say provides an important tool to protect the environment.

House GOP revokes punishment for Meadows who defied leaders (AP) — House Republican leaders handed a subcommittee gavel back to a defiant colleague – North Carolina’s Mark Meadows. He’ll resume as chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee.

Who can change confederate plates? (Shelby Star) — A Confederate battle flag affixed to specialty license plates represents an era that “may have come and gone” in North Carolina, House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday. “We don’t need to have things on a license plate that are going to be offensive and divisive,” the Republican House leader from Kings Mountain said.

Neighbors wary of rebel flag compound (Rocky Mount Telegram) — If good fences make good neighbors, what about barbed wire and rebel flags? A white Rocky Mount man on probation for aiming his shotgun at black children has been flying dozens of Confederate flags over his compound-like home in the predominantly black Arrington Avenue neighborhood for years. He added more flags in the days after a racially motivated mass shooting in South Carolina. Edward Lee West, 69, said he has lived in his home for 37 years, it’s his property and it’s his right to fly as many Confederate flags there as he wants

Tillis offers bill to help victims of state eugenics programs keep federal benefits (McClatchy Newspapers) — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Tom Carper, D-Del., introduced a bill on Thursday that would help victims of forced sterilization in the 20th century.


A ruling that gets a big sigh of relief (Charlotte Observer) — The reaction leading up to and following the Justices’ ruling Thursday is telling.

With ACA affirmed, NC should move to expand Medicaid (Raleigh News & Observer) — U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said after the ruling that he’d continue to seek repeal of a law that has helped millions of Americans buy health insurance and doubtless saved lives. That’s not good enough for Tillis, who he has no alternative of his own but said, “Regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling today, the president’s health care law is beyond repair and I remain committed to finding and implementing a solution.” That’s a preposterous statement, of course.