NCDP Clips for Friday September 18th
McCrory says he’ll sign NC budget deal (WRAL-TV) — Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he will sign the North Carolina state budget bill negotiated by fellow Republicans at the legislature this summer when it reaches his desk.
McCrory says he’ll sign budget compromise (Raleigh News & Observer) — Said he got 90 percent of what he wanted from North Carolina’s legislature
General Assembly completes votes on final budget (AP) — After a nearly three-month standoff between House and Senate Republicans over policy and spending differences, the North Carolina General Assembly finally has a state budget to hand to Gov. Pat McCrory.
House OKs $21.7B budget deal (WRAL-TV) — House lawmakers voted Thursday night and early Friday morning to approve the $21.7 billion dollar spending compromise passed by the state Senate earlier this week.
NC House approves negotiated budget in final 81-33 vote (Raleigh News & Observer) — After months of delays and negotiations between the House and Senate, the state’s $21.74 billion budget will become law Friday with Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature.
Some NC House Democrats back budget deal (Raleigh News & Observer) — House Speaker Tim Moore can point to some bipartisan support for the final budget bill: Nine Democrats voted in support, then two others changed their votes to “yes” on the final tally.
Compromise state incentives bill pending, officials say (Charlotte Observer) — Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Thursday that he expects economic development officials will be happy with the details on the state’s overhauled incentives program to lure businesses, which legislators are expected to release next week.
N.C. budget opens door to new fees at state parks (Winston-Salem Journal) — The $21.7 billion state budget deal being discussed in the state House would allow for “dynamic pricing” at park attractions.
With NC Budget, Schools Can No Longer Hire Teachers With TA Money (WUNC-FM) — This summer, North Carolina senators pushed a plan to cut thousands of teacher assistants. Educators from across the state rallied against the idea, and in the budget compromise unveiled this week, lawmakers decided to keep funding for teacher assistants. But there’s a catch, and it’s one that many educators say is problematic.
Healthcare Plays Supporting Role in Budget Plan (N.C. Health News) — The real debate over health care issues comes next week, when Medicaid reform will be debated.
Medicaid Plan Sees the Light of Day (N.C. Health News) — After years or wrangling over the future of North Carolina’s Medicaid plan, a compromise bill on the future of the program that provides health care for about 1.8 million North Carolinians was posted to the General Assembly website on Thursday evening, even as the House of Representatives was debating this year’s budget plan.
Deal reached on how to privatize Medicaid (WRAL-TV) — A long awaited compromise on how to run the state’s health insurance system for the poor and disabled will put North Carolina’s Medicaid program in the hands of private insurers.
Lawmakers reach tentative agreement to transform Medicaid (Triad Business Journal) — Pending a final vote next week, North Carolina’s Medicaid system will go through one of its biggest transformations in its history.
North Carolina to privatize Medicaid (Raleigh News & Observer) — Legislators have agreed to privatize North Carolina’s $15 billion Medicaid program, a change that doctors and hospitals have been fighting for months, but which some Republican legislators have championed as a remedy for unpredictable spending.
Payments to eugenics victims still up in the air as budget process drags on (WRAL-TV) — North Carolinians who were sterilized by the state’s eugenics program have been waiting for the rest of their compensation from the state, but the process has been put on hold by the ongoing budget debate in the General Assembly.
NC leaders want to move all 2016 primary elections to March (Raleigh News & Observer) — House and Senate leaders have agreed to move all 2016 primaries to March 15, according to House Speaker Tim Moore.
House speaker says there’s support for all March primaries (AP) — It sounds like North Carolina Republican legislative leaders are ready to move all 2016 primaries — not just the presidential election — to mid-March.
Closed hospitals could benefit from bill (Raleigh News & Observer) — Two rural North Carolina hospitals that closed due to financial difficulties would be aided by legislation the state Senate approved Thursday.
Measure addressing Belhaven hospital closing clears Senate (AP) — Legislation designed to offer officials in Belhaven an easier path to reopening a now-closed hospital has cleared the North Carolina Senate.
Local deregulation bill affects streams, wells (Raleigh News & Observer) – The state legislature on Thursday approved a compromise local-government deregulation bill that includes a number of environmental provisions.
Buffer restrictions in, bike lane restraints out in bill (AP) — The General Assembly has finished work on changes to local government regulations ranging from restaurant sanitation and vegetative buffers to land use planning and beehive ownership.
N.C. move to put Billy Graham statue in US Capitol (AP) — A North Carolina proposal to eventually place a statue of the Rev. Billy Graham inside the U.S. Capitol, replacing that of a former politician with ties more than a century ago to the white supremacist movement, won final approval from the state’s lawmakers Thursday.
POLICY & POLITICS
McCrory, Berger hold secret discussion about MillerCoors closing with Eden officials (Greensboro News & Record) — Gov. Pat McCrory met privately with Rockingham County officials Thursday afternoon behind closed doors to discuss the recent announcement that MillerCoors plans to close its Eden plant next September. Participants included Eden Mayor Wayne Tuggle Sr., County Commissioners Chairman Mark Richardson, Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger, who represents Rockingham and Guilford counties, and economic development leaders, the governor’s office said in a news release.
In N.C., wage growth continues to stagnate (Triad Business Journal) – In North Carolina, the growth in employee wages continues to lag the rebound in employment.
Democratic governors slam McCrory over taxes (Raleigh News & Observer) — Gov. Pat McCrory may claim to have achieved 90 percent of what he wanted in the budget that will soon be on its way to his desk, but Democrats are slamming him. Hours after McCrory said he would sign the budget, even though it includes sales tax increases that he said he opposed, the Democratic Governors Association issued this news release: “Today, Pat McCrory announced his plan to jack up taxes on North Carolina middle-class families, in a desperate attempt to balance his broken budget,” Jared Leopold, communications director for the Democratic Governors Association, said in the release. “Pat McCrory’s budget will mean higher taxes for homeowners, drivers and new parents in North Carolina.”
Capital Tonight Full Interview: Gov. Pat McCrory (TWCN-TV) — Capital Tonight Anchor Tim Boyum sits down with Gov. Pat McCrory to talk about the state budget
State Crime Lab Working Through Case Backlog (TWCN-TV) — From checking for fingerprints, to testing prop samples, State Crime Lab scientists showed the public the fundamentals of forensic work Thursday during an open house.
Federal agents look into sex trafficking at Charlotte hotel (AP) — A Charlotte motel has lost its franchise as federal agents look into allegations of sex trafficking and the sale of crack cocaine in its rooms.
Doing the public’s business in private (Charlotte Observer) — If you believe the public’s business ought to be done in public, you ought to be troubled by what’s been happening in Raleigh of late.
Budget does not prioritize education (EdNC column) — The state budget released by the House and Senate budget conference does not make education a priority for our state. While there are some positive elements in the budget, including increased funding for textbooks, an increase in the starting pay for new teachers, and a one-time $750 bonus for all teachers, overall it fails to deliver the strategic investments we must make if we are to have an education system worthy of North Carolina’s children.
Phil Kirk: My Jimmy Carter moment (Raleigh News & Observer column) — As all Americans pray for the healing for former President Jimmy Carter in his battle against cancer, I believe it may be of interest to share a personal experience which illustrates his character.
After tough talk on cuts, GOP makes U-turns in budget (Raleigh News & Observer) — Ideology met political reality as Republicans retreated from plans to eliminate funding for teacher assistants and driver’s ed.
Next step in long overdue Southeast High-Speed Rail line (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Anthony Foxx: Today a critical segment of the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor received the all-clear. By completing an environmental impact statement to develop service between Richmond and Raleigh, we are now closer to a groundbreaking than we have ever been since planning began in the early 1990s.
Saving drivers education is a good start (New Bern Sun Journal) — But there was some good news late last week when House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger said that the two chambers had ironed out some nagging wrinkles. Among those was funding for high school driver education.
Good teachers are getting harder to find (Fayetteville Observer) — We’d like to be surprised that Cumberland and Robeson counties have unusually large numbers of teacher vacancies this year.