NCDP Clips for Thursday, March 19th, 2015

NCDP Clips for Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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WHERE DOES N.C. RANK?

# 6 – Percent population change, 2002-2012
# 4 – (+34%) Change in number of high school graduates (2003-2013)
# 10 – Total population
# 12 — Total personal income
# 39 — Per capita personal income
# 28 — Per capita state and local spending for prisons
# 34 — Per capita state and local government income
# 10 – Public school enrollment
# 10 – Number of high school graduates
# 11 – Total public school teachers
# 23 – Teachers per public school students
# 43 — Average school teacher salary (2012-2013)
# 47 — Average school teacher salary (2013-2014)
# 41 — Public school per-student spending (2012-2013)
# 47 — Public school per-student spending (2013-2014)
# 51 — Percent change in average teacher salary (2003-2013)
Adjusting for inflation, thirty-four states saw real declines in average teacher salaries over 2003-04 to 2013-14. States with average salaries declining 6.5 percent or more: North Carolina (-17.4%)
SOURCE: Ranking the States

LEGISLATURE 2015

Senate economic development plan would lower corporate taxes (WRAL) — Some North Carolina corporations would pay no income tax under a plan rolled out by the state Senate Wednesday.

NC Senate, McCrory at odds on incentives, corporate taxes (Raleigh News & Observer) — Senate GOP leaders outlined a new jobs plan Wednesday that would rebalance how the state spends millions in incentives money while dropping the overall tax rate paid by corporations. The plan, backed by Senate leader Phil Berger, would especially limit how much incentives money could go to Mecklenburg, Wake and Durham counties. And in reducing the state’s corporate tax rate to 3 percent, it would mean about $500 million less in revenue to the state.

NC bill would push incentive fund to $27.5 million (Winston-Salem Journal) — A Senate bill introduced Wednesday would provide a $5 million replenishment to the state’s largest incentive pot for the remainder of the 2014-15 fiscal year. That would raise the amount in the 2014-15 JDIG pot to $27.5 million.

Protest petitions, groundwater rules up for discussion (WRAL-TV) — House committees will look at bills that would eliminate the ability of neighbors to bring protest petitions against rezoning cases and would ease rules on groundwater polluters. Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to speak to the N.C. Association of School Administrators in the afternoon.

NC Senate elects 4 incumbents, 4 new members of UNC board (AP) — A former state senator, federal magistrate judge and president of an auto parts company are among the newest members of the University of North Carolina system’s governing board.

NC House panel backs loan program for economic development (Raleigh News & Observer) — A state House committee approved legislation Wednesday that would create a loan program allowing local governments to borrow money to construct industrial facilities.

N.C. bill would ease gun restrictions for recovered mental health patients (Greensboro News & Record) — The bill is submitted at a time when the paths where mental health and gun violence intersect — nationally and locally — have become a cultural and political flash point.

NC House members reject keeping lottery winner info private (AP) — A General Assembly committee has rejected legislation proposing the North Carolina Education Lottery keep hidden from the public the names of winners of significant prizes.

Student health assessments could expand (EdNC) — A bill requiring all students entering the state school system for the first time get a health assessment passed the House today.Two amendments were added to the bill before passage.

Lawmakers Want to Make Healthy Eating Easier at Corner Stores (N.C. Health News) — Reps. Yvonne Lewis Holley (D-Raleigh) and Chris Whitmire (R-Rosman) are the legislative odd couple got together last year to co-chair a committee at the General Assembly looking at “food desert” issues across North Carolina .

POLICIES & POLITICS

Economic developers call for Charlotte to focus on manufacturing (The Charlotte Observer) — Manufacturing was a major emphasis for the speakers at Central Piedmont Community College’s fourth annual Global Competitiveness Summit, who said attracting such jobs to the region will create more long-term prosperity than a service economy.

N.C. GOP ‘tax reform’ means state’s keeping more of your money (Public News Service) — If you’re among the North Carolinians who have already filed your taxes, you may have noticed your state tax burden is a little greater this year. Greg Elder, a Spruce Pine tax preparer for H & R Block, says the state’s decision to eliminate tax credits like the earned-income tax credit (EITC) from the tax system is impacting the budgets of his clients.

At budget time, municipalities fear loss of revenue (Charlotte Observer) — Facing the prospect of deep budget holes, municipal officials from across North Carolina swarmed the General Assembly Wednesday pressing for relief from policies they say are contributing to those shortfalls.

Berger, Moore quizzed on privilege license, historic tax credit (WRAL-TV) — Local officials from across North Carolina didn’t get the support they were looking for Wednesday when legislative leaders sidestepped discussion of restoring a local business tax and shot down the idea of restoring a tax credit that was popular in both big cities and rural communities.

Governor’s office, others lag in public record reply (WRAL-TV) — More than a month after WRAL News asked 18 of North Carolina’s top government leaders for their travel records, two agencies have yet to provide a single document showing where the governor and lieutenant governor went in 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory’s office was the least responsive during the experiment.

Cost for complying with NC voting law triples in 1 county (AP) — The cost of complying with a new North Carolina voting law has tripled for at least one county in the state.

SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES

NC still lags in teacher pay, student spending (WRAL-TV) — Despite an effort to raise starting salaries, North Carolina is expected to remain in the bottom 10 states nationally in average teacher pay, according to a report released Wednesday.

Legislative Black Caucus defends historically black colleges (Raleigh News & Observer — The Legislative Black Caucus has united to support the state’s historically black universities.

Inadequacy of school choice movement: Finding common ground to fix public schools(EdNC) — If North Carolina goes all the way down the road of implementing a full array of school choice policies – charter schools, vouchers, open enrollment, etc. – what should our policy be for fixing the public schools that still fail after all of these reforms are in place?

Rep. Alma Adams works to support historically black colleges (Charlotte Observer) — From her days in the North Carolina state legislature, Adams has long advocated for educational equity and fairness in funding for historically black colleges.