NCDP Clips for Monday, May 11th, 2015
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NC GOP thinking to future policies after pair of milestones (AP) — It’s hard for North Carolina Republicans to say they haven’t gloated even a little over milestones for two major pieces of legislation they passed in 2013. It’s also easy for some GOP leaders to feel confident about their next round of policies. Democrats still believe GOP decisions were flawed and shouldn’t lead to what they consider more aggressive Republican policies. "One thing’s for sure — on April 15, people realized that they were paying more taxes than they paid before," said Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, D-Wake.
Inking the Dix deal (WRAL-TV) — Gov. Pat McCrory and Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane will sign the Dorothea Dix deal recently approved by both the city council and Council of State. The action, more ministerial than meaningful, is one of a number of legal steps needed to carry through on the deal. The most significant threshold the city must now meet is putting a $52 million financing package in place to complete the deal.
States Debate Who’s Helped, Hurt in Shifting Tax Burdens (Stateline) — Some states want to cut income taxes but raise sales taxes. Who benefits from that trade-off?
POLICY & POLITICS
NC unemployment reserve may be dangerously low (Winston-Salem Journal) – North Carolina remains vulnerable to having to again borrow money to pay unemployment insurance benefits during an economic downturn even as Gov. Pat McCrory and state Republican leaders applauded the final payment on a $2.8 billion debt to the federal government.
For N.C. workers, pay remains stubbornly flat (WRAL-TV) — Despite a huge drop in the unemployment rate as the state economy recovers from the recession, economists say take-home pay continues to stagnate, barely keeping pace with modestly rising inflation. That means less prosperity overall, even amid other rising signs of economic health.
NC chapter of NAACP to question state on voter registration (AP) — The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP wants the state to answer to what it says is a low number of voter registration applications the state has received from public assistance agencies in the last three years.
McCrory lets another automaker bypasses NC for factory (Greensboro News & Record) — Swedish automaker Volvo is expected to announce today it will build a $500 million manufacturing plant in South Carolina, sources have told The State newspaper in Columbia. The company had narrowed its choice to South Carolina and Georgia, and governors from both states made final pitches to Volvo last week, the newspaper reported.
Nearly 60 well owners near Belmont told to avoid water (Charlotte Observer) — Nearly 60 private well owners in the Belmont area of Gaston County have been told by the state to avoid drinking the water after testing showed several naturally occurring elements in samples exceeded state groundwater standards. The homes are within 1,000 feet of a Duke Energy coal ash site, the Allen Steam Station, but the energy company is denying the issue is connected to the facility.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Protesters to Join Hands Against Oil, Coal (Coastal Review) — Hundreds of North Carolinians will take 15 minutes Saturday to join hands with strangers in a peaceful demonstration against fossil fuels. All events are scheduled for Saturday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Demonstration begins at noon.
Let’s not get giddy about that $400 million surplus (Fayetteville Observer) — It wasn’t that long ago that state budget analysts were warning that the tax-revenue flow was running behind estimates.
That $400 million surplus? Your tax refund built that (Charlotte Observer column) –Democratic leaders in the N.C. General Assembly say higher taxes produced the state’s $400 million surplus.
Health-care law spurring progress (Charlotte Observer) — For the sake of more than 560,000 North Carolinians who gained or retained insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act this year, let’s pray the law survives its latest challenge in the Supreme Court.
Sexual assault (Greenville Daily Reflector) — Statistics can tell a compelling story. Or they can hide one. It depends on who’s interpreting the numbers.