Tag:N.C. Senate

  • Senate bill gives state power to audit pharmacy middlemen

    A year ago, Debbie Townsend still hoped she could turn things around. Her patients don’t know it, but she bleeds money filling many of their prescriptions. In a few weeks, she’ll lose the independent pharmacy she has run for the past 15 years. “We’re going out of business. [The middlemen]…

  • Senate bills address concerns over demand for qualified teachers

    A pair of bills in the N.C. Senate would change the way teachers are chosen and hired. By expanding the hiring pool, Senate Bill 448, Professors in the Classroom, and S.B., 599, Excellent Educators for Every Classroom, is meant to address a growing demand for qualified teachers. Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, is the primary…

  • Fans of free markets give Senate tax plan high marks

    Senate leaders are proposing a $1 billion middle class tax reduction plan that would lower personal and corporate income taxes, increase mortgage interest deductions, and allow for unlimited medical and charitable tax deductions. “Under this plan, 99 percent of all individual…

  • Hall shows up for confirmation hearing; wins over committee

    After weeks of ducking constitutionally mandated Senate confirmation hearings, a contrite Larry Hall appeared under subpoena before the Commerce and Insurance Committee on Thursday, answered questions at length, and was approved unanimously for recommendation to the full Senate for confirmation as secretary of…

  • Win some, lose some

    The 2002 election results had some surprises, and some outcomes that were easily predicted. Key point: only about 4,500 votes statewide kept the Republicans from winning both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly.