NCDP Clips for Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


NCDP Clips for Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

Finance package for NC House budget plan narrowly passes (AP) — The North Carolina House wants to spend $1.1 billion more on state government next year under a draft budget proposal released Monday, which seeks to raise teacher and state employee salaries while setting aside more money for reserves and economic incentives.

NC budget bill getting scrutinized by House panels (AP) — The North Carolina state government budget proposed by House Republicans is getting scrutinized by colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

NC House budget prompts tax, spending disagreements (Raleigh News & Observer) — State senators and House members could spend the coming weeks debating income taxes and spending levels after the House’s budget proposal – released Monday – highlighted divisions between Republicans in the two chambers. The House’s draft would increase general fund spending by $1.3 billion, or 6.3 percent, from the previous year – well above the 2 percent increase in Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget. The additional spending reflects a projected revenue increase of about 6 percent.

As NC gas taxes fall a bit, DMV fees may rise a lot (Raleigh News & Observer) — When it comes to transportation, what do our low-tax legislators have in common with our low-fare airlines? High fees.

NAACP criticizes local lawmakers (Greenville Daily Reflector) — The NAACP and more than 100 of its supporters gathered in Greenville on Monday to criticize the actions of Republican state lawmakers by inducting them into a Hall of Shame established by their Moral Monday movement.

‘Ag-gag’ bill goes to governor (WRAL-TV) — State lawmakers gave final approval Monday night to a measure that would allow business owners to sue employees who conduct undercover investigations.

POLICY & POLITICS

CEOs want North Carolina, but does General Assembly want CEOs? (WRAL-TV) — Volvo’s decision to build a $500 million vehicle manufacturing plant in South Carolina not too far from a Boeing aircraft assembly plant and across the state for a booming auto-related corridor near Greenville is just another slap in the face for the future of economic growth in North Carolina. As our state’s battle over incentives – and crowdfunding – drags on, North Carolina’s rivals cash in. So even though CEOs in a new survey say they like N.C., does the General Assembly like CEOs?

EDITORIALS

All in the family (Greensboro News & Record) — Audit shows excessive payments and the hiring of friends and relatives at a state agency. Accountability is needed.