Archive: McCrory Administration

  • McCrory’s Budget Raises Pay While Keeping Tax Cuts

    RALEIGH — Gov Pat McCrory telegraphed his top spending priorities in the weeks leading up to Wednesday's unveiling of a $21 billion General Fund budget. The proposed 2014-15 budget is $359.5 million more than the current 2013-14 budget, representing a 1.7 percent increase. The spending plan includes modest spending increases…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Audit: Medicaid Computer System Remains a Mess

    RALEIGH — Widespread, serious flaws in the state Department of Health and Human Services’ long-suffering NCTracks Medicaid computer system might jeopardize more than $9 million in anticipated annual cost savings, according to a stinging state performance audit released late Monday afternoon.

  • 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…

  • McCrory Calls Federal Election Lawsuit ‘In The Fringes’

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday struck back at the federal government, saying the U.S. Department of Justice was “working in the fringes.” McCrory, a Republican, said the state would defend the lawsuit filed by the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama against the state’s new election laws vigorously.

  • Governor 0-for-2 During Veto Override Session

    RALEIGH — Before this week, the only time the General Assembly had overridden the veto of a governor who shared the same political party as the legislative majority occurred in 2008. That override also occurred during a reconvened veto session, which at the time was another first.

  • Experts See Election Reforms Having Little Effect On Turnout

    RALEIGH — Recent modifications to North Carolina’s election laws — including changes affecting voter identification, early voting, same-day voter registration, and absentee ballot applications — would have almost no effect on voter turnout, voting experts say. Even those critical of the new law say it’s difficult to gauge what impact…