Category: City & County Government

  • UPDATE: Cooper signs bill providing class-size flexibility

    UPDATE, April 27, 6:45 p.m. Gov. Roy Cooper signed H.B. 13 into law. UPDATE, April 27. 4:25 p.m: The House agreed with the revised Senate version of the bill Thursday afternoon, passing it by a 112-3 margin.  After weeks of outrage from school administrators who worry that lower class sizes…

  • House passes modest changes in craft brewery rules

    The House voted 95-25 Wednesday night to loosen, very slightly, some of the state’s regulations governing craft breweries. House Bill 500, which now goes to the Senate, would place into law a number of provisions that previously had been allowed by rules crafted by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control…

  • House overrides veto of elections/ethics board merger

    By a 75-44 margin, on Tuesday morning the House voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 68, a bill merging the State Board of Elections, the State Ethics Commission, and various lobbying oversight regulations. The Senate passed its override measure Monday evening. Cooper claimed that…

  • Currituck County fed up with solar

    Large solar projects haven’t been a good deal for Currituck County residents, says Bobby Hanig, the county commission’s chairman. The developers “have consistently tried to go back on what has been agreed upon in open meetings, and brought on extra work for county staff to ensure they are doing what…

  • Folwell pursuing fees from pension fund managers

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell wants to know if Wall Street investors charged the state fees on $9 billion of state pension plan money that never got invested. At the same time, unfunded liabilities in the retirement system grew to more than $13 billion. Folwell said some…

  • Governor appoints eight to State Banking Commission

    Former state senator Don Vaughn of Greensboro and former U.S. ambassador Mark Erwin are among Gov. Roy Cooper’s eight appointees to the State Banking Commission. “North Carolina is a leader in banking, and this Commission provides important expertise and oversight for our state’s banks,” Cooper said…

  • Foxx pushing feds to limit rules swamping local schools

    U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, wants federal bureaucrats to quit swamping states with education mandates that are left over from the Obama administration. In a recent interview, Foxx, the new chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, told McClatchy media that…

  • High Point council OKs stadium, but where’s the team?

    HIGH POINT­­­ — Greensboro has its downtown baseball stadium. Winston-Salem has its downtown baseball stadium. So why shouldn’t High Point — the Triad’s redheaded stepchild — have its own downtown baseball stadium? It should — or at least the City Council said so April 3, when…

  • State superintendent responds to State Board of Education lawsuit

    RALEIGH — Conflict between the State Board of Education, the state superintendent of public instruction, and the General Assembly may not be resolved anytime soon. The rub started last year when lawmakers stripped the board of some of its powers, handing them over to newly elected Superintendent Mark Johnson,…