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  • Legislators May Boost ‘Zero Tax Bracket’ in Short Session

    Legislative leaders are floating a proposal to increase the standard deduction — or what Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, calls the “zero bracket” — on North Carolina income taxes, a move that could eliminate state income taxes for tens of thousands of taxpayers. Barry Boardman, chief economist at the General Assembly,…

  • State Appeals Redistricting Order to U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court will take a second look at a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s 2011 redistricting plan, as the state made an emergency appeal to the justices to stay a trial-court order invalidating the 1st and 12th Congressional Districts. Without a delay, it’s unlikely congressional primaries can be held…

  • Oversight Committee Splits Over State Employee Benefits

    A legislative oversight committee on Monday delayed recommending changes in supplemental state employee insurance benefits after members could not agree whether to reform the current system or overhaul it. Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, who represents a district where a large number of state employees reside, suggested reforming the current system,…

  • NCGA May Consider First Compensation Changes in Two Decades

    After a brief presentation comparing North Carolina lawmakers’ pay to other states, on Monday a leader of a legislative oversight committee said he would form a “working group” to make recommendations for lawmakers’ future compensation. “A working group will look at the information that we’ve received from NCSL [the National…

  • Legislators Worry About Revival of Common Core

    Members of a state legislative panel are concerned that a new federal education law could keep in place controversial Common Core educational standards that dictate to states how students are taught and what they must learn. Lawmakers quizzed state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson on Tuesday during a meeting…

  • Atkinson Faces Tough Questioning About Funding Shift

    State Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, grilled state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson Tuesday on whether the state Department of Public Instruction violated legislative intent and budget requirements on a $2.5 million budget cut. The exchange occurred during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee one day…

  • NCGA Preview: Week of June 6

    RALEIGH — Legislators will face a hectic schedule this week due to a looming crossover deadline, the drop-dead point for non-fiscal bills to clear either the House or Senate before they can be considered during next year’s short session.

  • NCGA Preview: Week of April 4

    RALEIGH — Open government, transit, and coastal protections headline the General Assembly’s agenda in the first full week of April. A measure requiring state employees to pay health insurance premiums could gain final approval in the Senate.

  • NCGA Preview: Week of March 28

    RALEIGH — Ongoing budget talks loom behind this week’s busy agenda, guaranteeing to widen an already gaping partisan divide between Republican majorities in the General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.