News Reports (Page 3)

  • Senate hopes to wrap up budget by June 1

    The Senate’s Republican leader and top budget writer said Wednesday, May 8, he hopes that chamber’s work on the General Fund budget will be done by the end of May. The House passed a $23.9-billion plan last week. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, told reporters the budget committees will begin work…

  • Tucker announces Senate primary challenge on national conservative radio show

    Raleigh businessman and author Garland Tucker officially entered North Carolina’s 2020 U.S. Senate race during an appearance Wednesday, May 8, on Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated radio talk show. Tucker will challenge first-term incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis in the Republican primary next March. “I think the two issues that are going…

  • Senate passes bill giving youthful offenders second chance

    On the eve of the North Carolina General Assembly’s scheduled crossover deadline — the calendar mark when the House and Senate stop considering most legislation which hasn’t passed the other chamber — the Senate pushed through a measure to ease burdens for people with minor juvenile offense records.

  • Senate GOP leader takes aim at Wake school board

    The N.C. Senate majority leader is rebutting claims from the Wake County school board that state government is underfunding North Carolina’s largest school system. “The Wake County School Board is masking its own lack of discipline with the discredited and lazy accusation that the state legislature isn’t giving them enough…

  • State audit finds poor oversight of Medicaid managed care groups

    The state’s tax-supported managed care agencies for mental health are a mess. That’s the gist of an audit released Monday, May 6, by State Auditor Beth Wood. It rebuked the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ oversight of seven Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations. And…

  • Tax collections could lead to $700 million windfall for N.C.

    A $470-million surge in April tax collections could push the state budget surplus to more than $700 million. Barry Boardman, chief economist for the General Assembly’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division, in a Monday, May 6, email alerted legislative leaders of both parties, House, and Senate…

  • Budget battles just getting started

    If the state budget process seems polarized now, just wait. It could get even more quarrelsome as lawmakers contemplate how their votes might affect 2020 political prospects. Call it the Three P’s — preening, posturing, and preparing for election campaigns — and some of that was…

  • House passes budget 61-51, sends measure to Senate

    After more than two hours of debate, the N.C. House Friday afternoon passed a $24.5 billion General Fund budget by a 61-51 party-line vote. House Bill 966 heads to the Senate. Lawmakers considered 50 amendments during the two days of floor debate over the budget package. More than half…