Category: Local 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…

  • 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…

  • Millis: Tax credits to renewable energy producers = $1.6 billion

    UPDATED April 21 to include source of information for total renewable tax credits. State Rep. Chris Millis says the renewable energy industry hoodwinked North Carolina about the costs of giving special deals to renewable producers, which exploded from an initial projection of less than $5 million to $1.6 billion in payouts through…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • House Medicaid expansion plan getting chilly reception

    If it is modeled after a Medicaid expansion program, and is funded like a Medicaid expansion program, it is a Medicaid expansion program. That’s what health care analyst Nic Horton says. Horton, a senior research fellow at the Florida-based Foundation for Government Accountability, which has scrutinized…

  • Bill gives North Carolina schools more options in recruiting teachers

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers are trying to give schools more options in hiring teachers. With rural and low-performing schools struggling to keep teachers, legislators are inventing new ways to recruit them. House Bill 634, Private Alternative Teacher Preparation, would let professionals begin teaching while meeting…

  • House Bill 460 about more than brunches, lawmakers told

    Rep. John Bradford began discussion of House Bill 460 on Tuesday by saying the measure was probably long overdue. It’s a move that’s been delayed, by some accounts, for as many as 80 years. Bradford, a Mecklenburg County Republican and deputy majority whip,…