July 29, 2014
Speaker Tillis Still Silent on Commonsense Bring Jobs Home Act: The Senate is considering legislation that would close a loophole that provides subsidies for companies that ship jobs overseas, and instead reward companies that bring jobs back to the country. Kay is a cosponsor of the Bring Jobs Home Act, a commonsense jobs bill that Speaker Tillis has yet to take a position on. Read more here.
On Medicare’s 49th Anniversary, GOP Senate Candidates Under Siege For Plan To Slash Medicare Benefits, End Medicare As We Know It: Today on the 49th anniversary of Medicare being signed into law, Republican Senate candidates across the country are under siege for plans to slash Medicare benefits and increase costs for millions of future seniors across the country. Read more here.
Sen. Hagan pushes paid family leave: Few Americans have employers who give them paid family leave. Jeannine Sato of North Carolina didn’t have paid leave, but figured she’d be covered for unpaid maternity leave under federal law when she had her first child. She was unpleasantly surprised. Read more here.
The Triangle celebrates as Virginia court issues a blow to Amendment One: Soon, it told us, perhaps very soon, same-sex couples will be permitted to marry here—marry legally—and enjoy the same lovely outlook as any different-sex couple. Read more here.
FACT CHECK: “Biggest Teacher Raise in State History”? Uh, No…: House Speaker Thom Tillis and Sen. Phil Berger are crowing that the salary bump is “the largest in state history.” This claim simply false, as legislative leaders attempt to distract from their record of choosing reckless over funding our public schools. Read more here.
NC Budget release reveals cuts to cover teacher pay; first vote Thursday: Hours after releasing the 260-page budget plan late Wednesday night, the Senate is expected to take the first vote on the $21.3 billion state spending plan as lawmakers rush to finish their work this week. Read more here.
Film Industry advocates warn NC against cutting tax subsidies: Film industry advocates warned Wednesday the proposed state budget could cripple, if not kill, an industry that has exploded in Charlotte and around the state. Read more here.
Voting laws restrict young North Carolinians: After a slew of voting restrictions passed the General Assembly last summer, the upcoming midterm elections will be the state’s first taste of voting under the new policies. Among the changes to voting laws are a shortened early voting period, a shortened registration period, an end to same-day registration, an end to provisional or “out of precinct” voting and county election boards may not open polling places for longer if problems arise. Read more here.
GOP officials, donors eye Pilot Mountain State Park for ‘hill climb’: A group of vintage sports car buffs wants use of the park for a daylong “hill climb” on Sept. 11, a Thursday. State officials appear ready to grant the request, assuming the legislation passes, for a $10,000 fee. Read more here.
NC House balks at McCrory’s new incentive program for relocating businesses: Republicans and Democrats asked tough questions about a plan to create a new $20 million "closing fund" – at the sole discretion of the state Commerce secretary – to offer up-front, cash incentives to companies considering a major economic development project in North Carolina. Read more here.
For GOP, good numbers result in dumb votes: Here we go again. Despite Republican rhetoric of doom and gloom, key economic indicators show that that the US economy is on the rebound, putting more Americans back to work. Read more here.
House Authorizes Lawsuit Against President Obama: A day before going on vacation and heading into the election season, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for what they say has been inadequate enforcement of the health care law they oppose. Read more here.
They Hatin’: With just two days left before Congress heads out for the month long August recess, House Republicans are busy. Not raising the minimum wage or ensuring equal pay for equal work; not investing in an infrastructure for the 21st century; not preventing corporations from moving their addresses overseas in order to dodge paying their fair share of taxes. Instead, they are focused on authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama. Read more here.
An end to tax credits on historic properties could stall renovations: If North Carolina ends its tax credit for developers who renovate historic properties, downtown redevelopment will stall in Fayetteville and elsewhere, former Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne predicted Wednesday. Read more here.