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  • Report: Justice Reinvestment Paying Off

    RALEIGH — The Council of State Governments Justice Center has released a study showing that the 2011 Justice Reinvestment Act resulted in $48 million in savings during the 2013-14 fiscal year and contributed to the closure of 10 prisons. In addition, with fewer people incarcerated, North Carolina taxpayers avoided having to…

  • Airbnb Gets A Pass From NCGA For Now

    RALEIGH — Regulations on the emerging sharing economy, and how North Carolinians will embrace it, will have their next stop at the Raleigh City Council. The council will receive a report Jan. 20 on Airbnb, one of the stars of the sharing economy. Meantime, a legislative committee that recommends new…

  • Budget, Highways, Medicaid Highlight 2015 Session

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers will return to the state capital later in January with a lengthy agenda, including taking another crack at Medicaid reform, considering a $1 billion highway bond, and tackling what recent projections reveal to be a $190 million revenue shortfall. Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, noted that…

  • Audit: Opticians Board Needs Major Changes

    RALEIGH – A new audit says that the State Board of Opticians is in financial straits and won’t have enough money to continue operating without changes. Tthe licensing board agreed with a recommendation that it seek permission to increase fees while taking issue with the option of merging with another…

  • Common Core Commission Secures Short-Term Funding

    RALEIGH — Legislative leaders will allow the Academic Standards Review Commission to operate with temporary funding from the Department of Administration. When the General Assembly convenes in January, lawmakers say they’ll give the commission an operating budget so it can hire staff and conduct research.

  • New Metrics Lead To Drop In N.C. Creditworthiness

    RALEIGH — A recent study by the investment firm Eaton Vance found North Carolina’s creditworthiness fell from fourth place among the 50 states a year ago to 13th this year — but the change was related to new methods of weighting data rather than any drop in the state’s ability…

  • Court: State Can Prepare For 2nd Year of Vouchers

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court says the state can commence administrative preparations for the Opportunity Scholarship Program while it considers an appeal from a lower court’s order that ruled the program unconstitutional. However, the court stopped short of allowing the State Education Assistance Authority from actually distributing funds for…

  • McCrory, Tata Unveil Long-Range Transportation Plans

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory and his top transportation lieutenant on Thursday outlined new highway construction projects designed to ease bottlenecks and facilitate the flow of traffic. Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata said the plan calls for the N.C. Department of Transportation to fund 478 highway projects over the next…

  • Locals Ask NCGA To Regulate ‘Sharing Economy’

    RALEIGH — Frustrated by their lack of authority to police upstart businesses in the “sharing economy” — a marketplace relying on direct negotiations between providers and consumers — some North Carolina municipalities are asking the General Assembly for permission to regulate businesses such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb.

  • Skvarla Moves From DENR To Commerce In Cabinet Shuffle

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory choked up a bit Tuesday morning when he announced that his friend, Sharon Decker, was leaving her post as Commerce secretary to take a job in the private sector. “I’m sad to announce that she is resigning as Commerce secretary,” McCrory said. “But she has…