NCDP Clips for Tuesday, July 7th, 2015


NCDP Clips for Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

Rivalry between NC Senate and McCrory on competing road plans (Raleigh News & Observer) — Gov. Pat McCrory and state Senate leaders worked together two years ago to improve how North Carolina sets spending priorities for transportation projects, but this year they’re at odds over how to raise more road money and where to spend it.

Golden LEAF Foundation hopes budget negotiations will restore funding (Triangle Business Journal) — Dan Gerlach, president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, hopes ongoing budget negotiations will mean his organization will once again see funding from the national tobacco settlement that used to provide it with millions of dollars each year.

NAACP plans events before march (Winston-Salem Journal) — The N.C. NAACP will hold several events this week in Winston-Salem, ending with a march and rally on next Monday through the city’s downtown. July 13 is slated to be the first day of a trial in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem about the constitutionality of the state’s voter ID law.

POLICY & POLITICS

Is N.C.’s rebound stumbling? (WRAL-TV) — Some troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in 2014, it rose much less than in the nation. The comparison was a 1.4 percent gain for the state versus a 2.2 percent improvement for the nation. Is it time to worry about the state’s economic rebound?

Debate in NC over Confederate monuments, not flag (WRAL-TV) — As South Carolina debates the future of the Confederate battle flag that flies outside the state capitol in Columbia, S.C., some in North Carolina are questioning Confederate monuments on public property.

LEGISLATURE PICK WINNERS: Vouchers boost enrollment in N.C.’s private schools(Raleigh News & Observer) — Private school enrollment, fueled by the new voucher program, increased for the first time in North Carolina since 2007, to 97,259 students. Home-school enrollment also increased 9 percent in North Carolina to an estimated 106,853 students.

EDITORIALS

The teacher tax (Raleigh News & Observer column) — Being educators, my wife and I have paid $20,000 in “taxes” due to salary freezes. My wife will be “taxed” another $15,000 over the next half-decade due to the new salary scale without longevity pay as compared with the older scale with longevity pay.

Mockery of democracy (Charlotte Observer column) — N.C. Republicans are clumsy in ramming through their wishes