NCDP Clips for Monday, March 30th, 2015

NCDP Clips for Monday, March 30th, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

NAACP, Moral Movement schedule meeting in Dunn (AP) — The state chapter of the NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement are holding their fourth and final "Moral Monday" accountability organizing meeting to discuss the record of Rep. David Lewis, who serves Harnett County.

N.C. House, Senate bills compete to attract megasite (Greensboro News & Record) — Gov. Pat McCrory has dreams of recruiting an automobile manufacturer, thousands of jobs and scores of companies to invest billions in the state’s economy.

More rural WNC would win in sales tax plan as Buncombe, Watauga lose millions(Carolina Public Press) — In a Monday press conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown released a plan that would shift from a sales tax distribution formula, a plan that would shift the disbursement of millions of dollars in the region.

Charlotte, state legislature differ on sales tax impact (Charlotte Observer) — The city of Charlotte has feared a sales tax reform could cause it to lose nearly $30 million, but a recent state analysis shows the impact to the city wouldn’t be nearly as severe.

Film advocates change tactics, lobby for more grant money (AP) — Film supporters have changed their tactics to lobby for more money in a grant program rather than trying to restore North Carolina’s 25 percent tax credit.

Rumbles from Raleigh threaten to shake up budgets here (Outer Banks Voice) — Hanging over the heads of local leaders trying to balance budgets for the new fiscal year is an enormous thundercloud that could also darken the budgets of homeowners across the Outer Banks. Under legislation changing the way state sales tax revenues are distributed, a $300,000 house in Dare County and one of its towns could eventually cost an owner about $400 more a year.

House, Senate due to debate gas tax deal (WRAL-TV) — Lawmakers are scheduled to take up a bill Monday night that would lower North Carolina’s gas tax to 34 cents per gallon by next year.

Poverty task force bill championed in Senate (Kinston Free Press) — Group would craft, implement plan to significantly reduce poverty in state

POLICIES & POLITICS

Shifting Center Or Standing Pat? The Politics Of Gov. McCrory (WFAE-FM) – Gov. Pat McCrory is Monday’s guest on Charlotte Talks. The interview comes at a time when the Republican governor is at odds with state lawmakers, particularly Republicans in the Senate, on a number of key issues. These include taxes, business incentives and the state’s budget. Now disagreements between legislative leaders and the governor are nothing new, even when the branches are controlled by the same party. But their criticisms of each other have become more pointed and more public.

NC NAACP to protest GOP senators’ refusal to support Lynch (AP) — Protesters with the "Moral Monday" movement plan demonstrations at the home-state offices of North Carolina’s U.S. senators to protest their opposition to President Obama’s nominee to be the nation’s next attorney general.

In Delaying Vote on Lynch as Attorney General, G.O.P. in Quandary (New York Times) — The nomination of Loretta Lynch, a seasoned U.S. attorney from New York and a native North Carolinian, has laid bare the difficult politics confronting the new Republican majority. Lawmakers have found nothing in Ms. Lynch’s background to latch on to in opposition, and many are loath to reject the first African-American woman put forth to be the nation’s top law enforcement officer. But, they say, their constituents have told them that a vote for Ms. Lynch affirms Mr. Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which she has said she finds lawful.

SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES

Pomp and Circumstance: Female Grads Face Tough Job Market (Public News Service) — Resumes and job searches are tops on the minds of thousands of upcoming graduates from North Carolina colleges and universities. And while that first job can be tough for anyone to get, multiple studies indicate it’s that much harder for women.

CMS budget starts with a $27 million ask (EdNC) — An early look at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools budget process foreshadows another year of tough conversations about how North Carolina and Mecklenburg County choose to fund the state’s second-largest school system.

Poverty stricken Guilford County schools face large cuts (Greensboro News & Record) — Budget cuts may mean schools can’t help those who need help the most. And educators, parents say that’s a problem.

Overcrowding at schools discussed (Greenville Daily Reflector) — Facing overcrowding in some of the district’s schools, Pitt County Schools officials are discussing ideas to help alleviate the problem, including redistricting or potentially building new facilities.

THE SPILL
Coal ash may end up in Eden (Greensboro News & Record) — If the city approves, ash from Duke Energy’s Dan River station could end up in a special landfill nearby and some could go to Virginia.

EDITORIALS
Historic tax credits: Senate must bring reinstatement home (Winston-Salem Journal) — The restoration of popular and effective historic preservation tax credits just passed an important hurdle, but their ultimate fate is still up in the air.

Rural N.C. growth, economy are stalled, fading (Fayetteville Observer) — Rich state, poor state. Growing state, stagnant state, shrinking state. North Carolina is all of that, depending on where you’re standing.

Dix property deal done, must stand (Raleigh News & Observer) — Former Gov. Beverly Perdue has been out of office for more than two years now, but some Republican lawmakers appear to be, still, stubbornly trying to repudiate her out of little more than partisan spite. … Three GOP senators want to nix the deal to sell Raleigh Dorothea Dix property to Raleigh, just like that, and put the property up for sale to the highest bidder. It’s a preposterous step back from a hard-won, long-negotiated settlement. And there’s virtually no justification for it, other than the weak and petty contention of Tommy Tucker of Waxhaw, one of the Senate sponsors of the bill to kill the deal.
The N.C. lottery’s losing numbers (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Despite being billed as the ‘education lottery,’ only 28 percent of the North Carolina lottery funds go to the schools, with most of the funds going to prizes to entice more sales.

Plan to slash state income taxes is ill-timed (Fayetteville Observer) — Under some circumstances, state lawmakers’ push to cut income-tax rates would be welcome. None of us enjoys paying.