Judge rules against Stein in dispute over hog farm ‘slush fund’ proceeds

A Wake County Superior Court judge has ruled against North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein in a dispute involving $12 million Smithfield Foods has paid to the state since July 2019. The judge determined that the money must be used to support North Carolina's public schools.

CJ Staff

House Oversight Committee calls on NCInnovation CEO to testify in first public hearing of taxpayer-funded nonprofit

Next week's testimony marks the first real public examination of NCInnovation since the appropriation of $500 million in state taxpayer funds, as lawmakers seek answers about NCI's legislative reporting, use of state funds, and more.

Jeff Moore

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Private funding bill for commercial property improvements sent to Gov. Cooper

Capital expenditure programs are offered in over 30 states. In North Carolina, it would enable property owners and qualifying commercial property to apply to the Economic Development Partnership of NC to be approved for long-term financing provided by private lenders.

Brianna Kraemer

School-choice advocates dismayed as lawmakers fail to fund Opportunity Scholarship waitlist

North Carolina lawmakers left the state capital on Friday without fully funding the waitlist for the state’s school choice voucher program, even though both House and Senate leadership agree that the funding fix needs to happen. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh July 10 for a skeletal session, and then five more times this year: July 29, Sept....

David N. Bass