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State Supreme Court rejects competing redistricting appeals

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 10:10 p.m. to reflect the N.C. Supreme Court’s response to multiple appeals. The N.C. Supreme Court is refusing to insert itself back into the state’s legal dispute over legislative and congressional redistricting at this time. A series of court orders issued about 10 p.m. Wednesday denied requests for...

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General Assembly releases N.C. budget plan, including input from Cooper

The N.C. General Assembly is expected to being voting Tuesday on the newly-released 2021-23 conference budget. The 2021-22 budget plan, out on Monday,  represents a 4.3% increase over the previous plan with $25.9 billion slated to be spent. The fiscal 2022-23 portion of the biennial plan is $27 billion, and the state’s rainy day fund...

Theresa Opeka
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North Carolina’s charter school law turns 25

This month, North Carolinians will celebrate the silver anniversary of North Carolina’s charter school law. It is a time to celebrate and reflect on how far the movement has come over the last 25 years. A unique set of circumstances allowed the passage of North Carolina’s charter school law. In 1994, North Carolina Republicans benefited...

Dr. Terry Stoops

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N.C. legislative leaders propose plan that boosts subsidies to lure big corporations

Legislative leaders will boost tax-paid subsidies available in the $23.9 billion 2018-19 budget proposal to induce multibillion-dollar corporations to locate in the state. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, announced a five-point grant and tax credit plan to reporters Thursday, May 17, a day after notifying the Republican Caucus of...

Dan Way
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GenX, judicial redistricting likely targets as lawmakers return to Raleigh

The General Assembly will take up legislation to resolve the GenX water pollution case and judicial redistricting and reform when it returns to special session Wednesday. But what else is on the agenda, or even how often and how long lawmakers will meet, remains a guess. The House Environment Committee meets at 1 p.m. and...

Dan Way
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Legislative committee sets Wednesday hearing to investigate GenX discharge

Gov. Roy Cooper has given a high political profile to the discharge of the GenX chemical compound into the Cape Fear River. A joint legislative committee will meet Wednesday to begin investigating his administration’s handling of the problem. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, announced Friday the newly appointed joint...

Dan Way
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Budget compromise: 3.1 percent spending increase, most tax cuts in 2019

The $23 billion House and Senate budget compromise will include a 3.1 percent increase in spending in the 2017-18 budget year, which is higher than the two chambers agreed to several months ago when budget writing began. (Committee report here. Table of Contents for Senate Bill 527 here. Text of Senate Bill 527 here.) Senate...

Dan Way