Category: Local Government

  • Treasurer renegotiating State Health Plan contracts

    The number of state employees and retirees purchasing Medicare Advantage plans might rise from 111,000 to 130,000 in the coming year, but they are facing as much as a 26 percent increase in their premiums. That was the message from state Treasurer Dale Folwell on Tuesday during his monthly “Ask…

  • Terra Ceia community fights huge solar farm

    Jeanne Van Staalduinen teaches at Terra Ceia Christian School in Beaufort County. Four generations of her family have been involved with the modest school, tucked neatly in an austere wedge of this historic slice of North Carolina, about 18 miles east of Washington. It’s a place not far from where…

  • High Point pushes questionable plan for city-funded baseball stadium

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 733: High Point is the latest North Carolina city considering spending millions of dollars for a downtown baseball stadium. Julie Tisdale, the John Locke Foundation’s city and county policy analyst, considers herself a fanatic baseball supporter. But Tisdale questions the wisdom of investing…

  • 2017 state budget: Public employee compensation

    While teacher salaries generally dominate employee benefit discussions during budget debates, other state employees stand to receive higher pay. But the House, Senate, and Gov. Roy Cooper all have different notions about how much to increase compensation. Cooper’s budget includes an across-the-board salary increase of 2 percent or $800, whichever is higher.

  • 2017 state budget: Transportation

    The House budget includes more than $3 billion in transportation funding each year of the biennium, in addition to the General Fund appropriations for other state operations. In 2017-18 the House budgets $2.26 billion in transportation-related taxes and fees to the Highway Fund, which pays for…

  • Treasurer will appeal court ruling on pension spiking

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell said Friday he “will pursue all avenues of appeal” after Durham Superior Court Judge James Hardin ruled against the state in enforcing regulations against massive pension spiking by a select group of state employees. “My administration inherited this case and…