Archive: McCrory Administration

  • McCrory Not Budging on I-77 Toll Project

    RALEIGH — Despite widespread vocal opposition from area business leaders and residents, Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation officials maintain it is too late for the state to scrap the controversial 26-mile Interstate 77 tolling project between Charlotte and Mooresville in favor of nontolled alternatives.

  • House Would Spend Nearly $1 Billion More than McCrory

    RALEIGH — The spending plan would exceed anticipated growth in inflation and population over the two-year budget cycle. It also faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where leader Phil Berger has suggested his chamber wants to use an unanticipated budget surplus to build up state reserves or provide additional…

  • GOP Claims Vindication By Retiring Unemployment Debt

    RALEIGH — Employers now will have “certainty about the cost of doing business in North Carolina,” Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday in announcing that the state has paid off a $2.8 billion unemployment insurance debt to the federal government that he inherited when taking office in January 2013. The state…

  • Bond Bite Is Too Big

    Every dollar of debt the state incurs to build or renovate something represents more than a doll in principal or interest that can't be used for other core government services or tax relief.

  • November Bond Election Means Voting Early, Often

    DURHAM — The McCrory administration will ask North Carolina voters to approve transportation and infrastructure bonds at a time when citizens in most (but not all) cities will elect mayors and council members. Holding the referendums this November also would ask voters statewide to cast ballots as many as five…

  • Governor’s UNC Budget Proposal Seeks Efficiencies

    RALEIGH — The state budget battle that will take place over the next few months likely will have a major impact on the day-to-day operations of the system’s 16 public universities. In early March, Gov. Pat McCrory began the process with the release of his 2015-17 budget proposal, which the General…

  • McCrory’s Budget Raises Teacher Pay, Restores Tax Credits

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory called on lawmakers to honor a promise to increase starting teacher salaries to $35,000 and included salary boosts for state troopers and corrections officers Thursday as he unveiled his $21.5 billion General Fund budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Budget director Lee Roberts said the…