Archive: 2013 General Assembly

  • McCrory Touts Successes, Expresses Concerns at Session’s End

    RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday he planned to sign into law two contentious bills that cleared the General Assembly during the waning hours of the 2013 session — a voter ID/election reform measure, and legislation expanding regulations at abortion clinics. He said several other bills on his desk…

  • State Budget Awaits Governor’s Signature

    RALEIGH — The $20.6 billion General Fund budget is on its way to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk. The budget, which included $10 million for eugenics compensation, eliminated teacher tenure, and added $1.5 billion to help meet anticipated Medicaid expenses, brought sharp debate on both chambers on Wednesday.

  • N.C. Tax Reform Plan ‘Blew Other States Away,’ Analyst Says

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s tax reform package, cutting the personal income tax rate, is the most significant plan likely to be approved in 2013, an analyst with a national tax reform organization said Tuesday. An economist with another organization said the changes would make the state’s tax code much friendlier…

  • UPDATE: State Audit Slams Rural Center

    RALEIGH — State Auditor Beth Wood chided the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center for having unreasonable executive pay for President Billy Ray Hall and its vice presidents, failing to verify job creation and other performance measures for at least five years, and failing to enforce grant reporting requirements diligently.

  • McCrory, Legislative Leaders Announce Historic Tax Reform

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Senate leaders Phil Berger used the backdrop of the Old House chamber in the historic Capitol Monday to announce the agreement of the tax reform package that has consumed months in the negotiating process and could become law within days.

  • Key House Tax Writer Says Tax Reform Remains Possible

    RALEIGH — House Finance Committee Chairman David Lewis, R-Harnett, said Wednesday he "feels confident" both the House and Senate are united in the goal of reforming the tax code while raising enough money to keep state operations funded. He did warn, however, if no agreement is reached soon, legislative leaders…

  • UPDATE: Unemployment Debt Is A State Responsibility

    RALEIGH — Recent media reports have floated the notion that the state’s business community is responsible for retiring $2.5 billion in debt to the federal government for underfunded unemployment benefits. But according to state government's annual financial report, there is no dispute about the identity of the borrower. "In February…

  • Republicans See ‘Utter Vindication’ in Redistricting Decision

    RALEIGH — Judicial observers noted that the 171-page opinion was unusual in its level of detail. State Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, also noted that the Obama administration's Justice Department gave pre-clearance to the legislative maps in November 2011 over protests by civil rights groups, individual Democratic Party voters, and election…

  • Senate Vote Moves Tax Reform Closer To Reality

    RALEIGH — Tax reform moved a step closer to the finish line Tuesday as the Republican-led state Senate gave its tentative approval to its modified plan by a 32-15 margin. While it’s not clear whether Republican Gov. Pat McCrory backs the proposal, the GOP leader in the House says his…

  • Senate Committee Moves Tax Plan Toward Passage

    RALEIGH — The Senate Finance Committee's approval of a tax reform proposal lifted hopes that a compromise with the House could be pieced together before the General Assembly adjourns this summer. The new plan finds common ground with its House counterpart in several areas, including expansion of the sales tax…