Archive: 2013 General Assembly

  • Governor, NCGA Leaders Unveil Teacher Pay Plan

    JAMESTOWN — Early career teachers will get pay raises starting in the fiscal year beginning July 1, and teachers with up to seven years of service will collect double-digit percentage increases, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday. The package is expected to cost less than $200 million and will not require…

  • AARP Continues Push for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    RALEIGH — State AARP officials Friday rolled out their 2014 legislative priorities, and among them were safeguarding Medicare from cost-cutting, expanding Medicaid, and helping more seniors not yet eligible for Medicare to enroll in the federal health exchange.

  • Catawbas’ Bid For Off-Reservation Casino Has Precedent

    KINGS MOUNTAIN — After a lengthy court battle, the federal government approved a casino project in Kansas City, Kans., for the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma because of the tribe’s historical link to the area. The Seneca Nation of New York opened an in-state but off-reservation casino in a litigation-heavy case that…

  • Duke Energy: Renewable Power Has Poor Subsidizing Wealthy

    RALEIGH — Affluent North Carolina residents who put solar panels on their rooftops are being subsidized by lower-income customers because of the state’s renewable energy subsidies and regulations, the president of Duke Energy North Carolina told a legislative panel Tuesday.

  • Democratic Lawmakers Spar With Democratic Auditor Over Medicaid Costs

    RALEIGH — Legislative Democrats took a few jabs at state Auditor Beth Wood, a fellow Democrat, at a Tuesday meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services. The lawmakers cited a new legislative report taking issue with a scathing audit issued earlier this year that showed…

  • CJ Editorial: A Ticket To Ride

    A recent legislative debate over the types of ticketed entertainment that deserve to be exempted from the state's sales tax inadvertently offered a free advertisement for the John Locke Foundation's proposed Unlimited Savings Allowance, or USA, Consumption Tax.

  • State Wants Court To Toss Voter ID Suits

    RALEIGH — The response by the state to the lawsuits was filed Monday in the U.S. Middle District Court. In addition to asking that the lawsuits be dismissed and that a judgment be entered for the state, the state asked to be awarded attorneys’ fees and further relief that the court…