Category: CJ Quick Take

  • Senate plans to adjourn Friday

    The Senate is poised to adjourn on Friday, leaving the House behind to finish up with any unfinished business it chooses to take up. “They took a vote today that they were going to come back next week. We don’t have any intention of being here next week,” said Sen.

  • Study: N.C. ranks 21st nationally in fiscal health

    While North Carolina’s fiscal health has seen marked improvement over the last three years, a recent study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University shows the state faces worrisome long-term obligations. The Tar Heel State ranks 21st when compared with all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and gets…

  • House Passes bill effectively nullifying Map Act

    The state’s controversial Map Act could be coming to an end, as the House on Wednesday adopted a bill placing a one-year moratorium on any new corridor maps from being filed under the act. House Bill 959 also rescinds all corridor maps that have been filed, freeing property owners…

  • Achievement School District bill passes House, heads to governor

    A measure to rehabilitate five of North Carolina’s failing public schools passed the state House and Senate on consecutive days after facing opposition from Democratic lawmakers who said the bill would allow charter school companies to exploit taxpayers while perpetuating low performance among struggling students. Republican backers of House…

  • Senate Expected To Give Budget Final Approval Today

    By a 33-16 vote, Tuesday evening the state Senate approved the $22.34 billion General Fund budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. A final vote is scheduled Wednesday. For highlights of the budget, follow this link. The House may take up the spending measure as early as tomorrow. While House…

  • Audit: $450K in Questionable Spending By Spring Lake Officials

    A new audit has found that 62 town employees and three aldermen in Spring lake misused procurement cards and travel expenses to the tune of $122,434. In addition, at least $335,756 was spent without purchase orders, travel forms, or receipts. The town also failed to bill, record, and collect $90,930…

  • Senate Committee Moves Achievement District Forward

    Following heated debate, a Senate committee on Friday approved a revised version of a House-passed bill that would seek to reboot five of the state’s lowest-performing schools by removing them from local school district control and placing them under charter-like management. House Bill 1080, “Achievement School District,” is modeled…

  • Foxx-sponsored higher-ed transparency bill moves forward

    While North Carolina’s recently passed college transparency bill awaits the signature of Gov. Pat McCrory, similar federal legislation was approved on Wednesday by the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District House Resolution 3178, the “Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act,” would…

  • House, Senate Must Reconcile Reg Reform Bills

    The state Senate on Tuesday refused to go along with the House version of the 2016 regulatory reduction act. The action sets the stage for regulatory reformers from both bodies to negotiate a final agreement before the General Assembly’s short session adjourns. Legislative leaders have said they want to…

  • UNC-Chapel Hill Accreditation Restored

    After one year of academic probation, UNC-Chapel Hill has been returned to good standing by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, university Chancellor Carol Folt announced on Thursday. North Carolina’s flagship university was penalized by SACS-COC for using fake “paper classes” to help 3,100 students —…