Archive: McCrory Administration

  • JLF Report Supports Sunset for Historic Preservation Credits

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers made the right decision when they ended state historic preservation tax credits. Those who support government involvement in preservation efforts should look at local grant programs instead. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report features those two findings.

  • Budget, Highways, Medicaid Highlight 2015 Session

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers will return to the state capital later in January with a lengthy agenda, including taking another crack at Medicaid reform, considering a $1 billion highway bond, and tackling what recent projections reveal to be a $190 million revenue shortfall. Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, noted that…

  • McCrory, Tata Unveil Long-Range Transportation Plans

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory and his top transportation lieutenant on Thursday outlined new highway construction projects designed to ease bottlenecks and facilitate the flow of traffic. Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata said the plan calls for the N.C. Department of Transportation to fund 478 highway projects over the next…

  • Lawmakers Not Yet Sold On Medicaid Expansion

    RALEIGH — State Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos has told several media outlets that the foundation is in place for a more efficient and more effective Medicaid system, and that she will ask Gov. Pat McCrory to expand Medicaid in the near term. But before that happens,…

  • Price Tag For State Economic Incentives: $800 Million

    RALEIGH — Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker recently spent four days in Tokyo on a trade mission attempting to recruit an automobile manufacturing facility to North Carolina, which could have taxpayer-funded incentives wrapped into the deal. Meanwhile, a legislative analysis shows that the state’s liability for such programs already could top $800…

  • Public Budget Negotiations Result in Breakthrough

    RALEIGH — House and Senate budget negotiators cleared a major obstacle Wednesday by compromising on the Medicaid component of a $21 billion 2014-15 General Fund spending plan, but still face potentially prickly deliberations on Medicaid reform, teacher pay, and teacher tenure. Senators insisted that a Medicaid agreement would enable further…

  • Late Budget From NCGA Nothing New

    RALEIGH — Senate budget negotiators will meet Wednesday morning in a public “conference committee” to start ironing out differences between three fiscal plans: one proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory and two passed by each legislative chamber. The questions are whether House conferees will take part, and whether the Senate will…

  • McCrory Embraces JLF ‘Reverse Logrolling’ As Cost-Cutting Tool

    RALEIGH — As outlined in a June 23 memo from state budget director Art Pope to department heads and fiscal officers, each state department and agency would operate under the lower of the previously approved figures from the House and Senate for individual budget line items. Unlike the status quo,…