Tag:N.C. General Assembly

  • Budget builds on conservative success

    Since 2010, when Republicans won their first majorities in both legislative chambers in modern times, they’ve consistently pursued a conservative approach to fiscal policy and state government.

  • Lawmakers pass bill giving surplus computers to students 

    Legislation to provide surplus computers to students from low-income homes has passed the General Assembly. Republican Sens. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg; Andrew Brock, R-Davie; and Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell; sponsored Senate Bill 312. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Information Technology, sponsored a similar version of the bill…

  • Lawmakers take aim at human trafficking

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 735: Some N.C. lawmakers want to step up state efforts to fight human trafficking. Legislation moving through the General Assembly specifically targets sex trafficking. During a recent news conference, a sex trafficking survivor shared her story. Legislators also explained their proposal to help…

  • Lawmakers debate best way to handle taxation of internet sales

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 735: North Carolina lawmakers continue to wrestle with the best way to handle taxation of sales made over the internet. One idea under discussion would force online vendors to collect sales tax in North Carolina if they have gross sales of at least…

  • Repeal Certificate of Need so patients have better access to health care 

    Patients deserve better access to both life-saving and life-preserving health-care treatments. Which means physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities should be able to invest in their communities to address unmet patient demand for critical services such as kidney dialysis units, cost-effective surgery, neonatal intensive care units, nursing homes, and much, much, more.

  • Medicaid reform measure moves forward in Senate committee

    A Senate panel passed legislation Thursday to accelerate mental health Medicaid reform and free up nearly $1 billion in frozen assets to provide more behavioral health services. Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, a co-chairman of the Senate Health Care Committee, presented an amended version of House Bill 403 that…

  • N.C.’s bottom line in pretty good shape, says budget officers’ report

    North Carolina’s fiscal policy is relatively strong when compared to much of the country. A 2017 survey by the National Association of State Budget Officers found state governments have collected less revenue than expected after tax season. North Carolina, though, has done pretty well. NASBO says governors are recommending spending increases averaging 1 percent in…

  • Good government built on honesty and openness

    “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Credited to Louis Brandeis from Harper’s Weekly in 1913, it was true then, and it’s true today. Shedding light on government leaves it transparent, open, accessible, and accountable. It’s also harder to do bad things when you know someone is watching. I’ve…

  • Cooper’s selective constitutionalism in redistricting fight

    Before Gov. Roy Cooper and his surrogates accuse the N.C. General Assembly of “thumbing its nose at the North Carolina Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court,” the governor might want to reflect on his own actions in connection with legislative electoral redistricting. The best place to start involves a question:…