Category: City & County Government

  • Short-term rentals get a new ally in Share Raleigh

    Brent Woodcox, former co-chair of the short term rental task force, has launched a political action committee, called Share Raleigh, to educate people about the debate over short-term rentals, such as Airbnbs. While short-term rentals are technically illegal in Raleigh, city…

  • Folwell: State pension fund sets records

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell said Thursday the state pension fund grew over the second quarter of the year as its exposure to risk shrank. Pension fund assets were valued at a record $93.9 billion after all fees and expenses. That is up from $92.2 billion…

  • Cooper vetoes bill that newspaper industry has called a job killer

    Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would change the way local governments issue public notices and referred to the measure as an attack on newspapers. It was Cooper’s eighth veto this year. In his veto message, Cooper, a Democrat, said the Republican-led General Assembly “used the levers of big government to…

  • New Bern trailing the field in Sunday alcohol sales

    New Bern has given opponents of Senate Bill 155 — teetotaling lawmakers and religious leaders — a reason to flash a crooked smile. Those who wrung their hands and told of dark times to come should North Carolina pass a law allowing 10 a.m. Sunday alcohol…

  • Auditor urges more oversight in offices of Superior Court

    A risk of fraud or embezzlement continues in the offices of Superior Court clerks of court, yet many clerks refuse to correct serious problems, State Auditor Beth Wood says. “I will tell you, it’s a little tiresome spending taxpayer dollars writing the same report over, and over…

  • Folwell will push pension solvency plan with Senate leaders

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell hopes the General Assembly will build on its recent boost in the state’s Rainy Day Fund with a plan to make state pensions and health benefits more solvent. House Bill 651 would reduce tens of billions of dollars in long-term debt by…

  • Cooper takes out leachate bill with sixth veto

    Gov. Roy Cooper ended the most recent session of the N.C. General Assembly much like he started it. The General Assembly in late June passed House Bill 576 — known as the “Allow Aerosolization of Leachate” bill. The Senate voted 29-14; the House, 75-45. Cooper, a Democrat, responded with another veto, his…

  • Toll of human trafficking gains notice of lawmakers, law enforcement

    It happened so quickly. Joy Anderson was first deceived. Then, she was lured into a prostitution ring. Anderson, one of four adopted children, had a good home life. But she felt like an outsider, a perception she attributes to her dark skin and unique personality. She met her traffickers at age 19, and, as odd as it now sounds, Anderson found a place…

  • Cheers, N.C.: Governor signs bill easing rules on distilleries into law

    Cheers, North Carolina. North Carolina distillers and restaurateurs on Friday evening were toasting Senate Bill 155, which Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law. Distillers are relieved as much as they are happy. It’s a boon for North Carolina tourism and agriculture. “I am truly elated to hear Governor…