Category: Government Reform

  • Legislative session builds on fiscal, regulatory reforms

    The Republican-led General Assembly in the just-ended 2016 short session maintained spending restraint, created and enlarged fiscal safeguards in case of an economic downturn, granted more income tax relief, moved toward merit pay raises for state employees, resolved coal ash cleanup disputes, and eliminated some health care regulations. Although the…

  • National analysts praise N.C. regulatory reforms

    North Carolina was lauded for “impressive reforms” curtailing its regulatory burdens on businesses and individuals, and national policy analysts discussed methods of further reducing costly restrictions during a June 22 teleconference call. “North Carolina has been a model for a lot of things,” said Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs…

  • General Assembly adjourns following tumultuous final day

    The 2015-16 session of the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned just before midnight Friday after a 14-hour legislative day that included moving tributes to retiring lawmakers and senior staff members, final approval of the state’s $22.34 billion General Fund budget, numerous squabbles between House and Senate leaders over several key…

  • 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…

  • Measure with three constitutional amendments heads to House

    Senate Republicans rebuffed a pair of last-ditch Democratic amendments on Tuesday, and approved by a 31-18 vote House Bill 3, containing three amendments to the state constitution including a single amendment combining two measures — one permanently lowering the cap on the state personal income tax rate from 10 percent to…

  • Supreme Court ruling marks effective end for N.C. Map Act

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 684: The N.C. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Forsyth County property owners and against the state Department of Transportation in a case involving the Map Act. Jon Guze, the John Locke Foundation’s director of legal studies, analyzes the court’s ruling…

  • Budget would end CON mandate for new mental health beds

    Budget writers working on the state’s 2016-17 spending plan received the OK to increase the amount of money to open new psychiatric beds around the state from $12 million to $18 million, using proceeds from the sale of the Dorothea Dix campus in Raleigh, while eliminating a controversial regulation that…

  • Legislation Settles Lengthy Dispute Between State Bar, LegalZoom

    The General Assembly has codified many of the provisions of a 2015 consent judgment between LegalZoom.com Inc. and the N.C. State Bar, allowing the online self-help service to provide routine legal documents to consumers in the state. If Gov. Pat McCrory signs the legislation, it would end a battle that…