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Senate hopes to wrap up budget by June 1

The Senate’s Republican leader and top budget writer said Wednesday, May 8, he hopes that chamber’s work on the General Fund budget will be done by the end of May. The House passed a $23.9-billion plan last week. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, told reporters the budget committees will begin work next week, The Insider reported....

CJ Staff
Opinion

Weathering the storm through bold leadership 

If we learned one thing during the devastation and recovery from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, it’s that setting aside more than $2 billion in savings for a rainy day was a very good idea. But that $2 billion didn’t just magically appear. It came from hard decisions, focused priorities, bold leadership, and fiscal discipline. Thank goodness we...

Becki Gray
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Cooper asks NCGA for $750 million Florence relief ‘down payment’

Gov. Roy Cooper has asked the General Assembly to authorize $1.5 billion to cover the state’s portion of what initial estimates show is nearly $13 billion in damage caused by Hurricane Florence. In a statement issued Wednesday, Oct. 10, Cooper said he wants the legislature to make $750 million available when lawmakers return in special...

Dan Way
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Special session for Florence relief may be needed, lawmakers say

UPDATE: Gov. Roy Cooper has called for the General Assembly to reconvene Oct. 9 in Raleigh for a special session tied to hurricane relief. The General Assembly could convene a special session to allocate Hurricane Florence recovery money from the state’s rainy day fund, although some money is available for use without the legislature’s approval....

Dan Way

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A never-ending fight for freedom 

The 2017 legislative long session is over. Kind of.  In the wee hours of June 30, on the eve of the new fiscal year, the General Assembly adjourned, only to schedule encore sessions in August and September.    The session started with what seemed like the unending distraction of House Bill 2. After months of political...

Becki Gray
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Senate approves bill capping income tax rate

RALEIGH ­— The state Senate has given its approval to a proposed constitutional amendment capping the income tax rate at 5.5 percent, but one lawmaker has a better idea. Applying some fiscal restraint, said Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, could eliminate the urge to increase tax rates in the first place. Tillman is one of the...

Barry Smith
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Critics call Cooper budget plan ‘reckless,’ ‘corporate welfare’

DURHAM — Governors’ initial budget proposals rarely resemble the spending plans that finally pass the General Assembly. Early reaction to Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed $23.5 billion General Fund budget suggests that this tradition will continue. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, wasted no time in criticizing the plan Cooper rolled out Wednesday at Durham Technical Community College. “If...

Barry Smith
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House approves bill to bolster rainy day fund

  RALEIGH — The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at beefing up the state’s rainy day fund. “It takes North Carolina from frankly one of the weaker savings regiments of any state to what the Pew Center believes will be one of the strongest,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, the sponsor of...

Barry Smith
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NCGA roundup: Good fiscal news from legislative analysts

RALEIGH — The General Assembly’s top economist on Tuesday told legislative budget writers that the state had a “steady as we go” economy that is now faring better than most other states. “We now have reached a point where we are now surpassing the average growth of the nation as a whole,” said Barry Boardman...

Barry Smith