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  • Bush Tax Plan Emphasizes Simplicity, Growth

    GARNER — Former Florida Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday outlined his economic plan, a proposal he said would lift the economy out of the post-recession “new normal” and “lift up everybody.” Bush told an audience in Garner, “We need to jump-start our economy, and we can…

  • Governor Signs Bill Barring Local Uber, Lyft Regulations

    RALEIGH – The new law sets minimum liability insurance requirements for ride sharing companies. It also requires the companies to conduct background checks of drivers, specifies that drivers are partners independent contractors rather than employees, and sets parameters letting the companies enter into contracts to service airports in the state.

  • Lawmakers May Combine All 2016 Primaries

    RALEIGH — Lawmakers could be moving all of next year’s North Carolina’s primaries to March 15. The state House on Wednesday rejected a Senate-approved plan to hold only the presidential preference primary on March 15, 2016. Under that plan, the other North Carolina primaries — including those for U.S. Senate,…

  • NCGA Leaders Say Deal In Place For Teachers, Other Employees

    RALEIGH — Unable to reach an agreement on a state General Fund budget, legislative leaders plan to extend their temporary budget continuing resolution until Sept. 18, but House and Senate leaders did announce they had agreed on how the General Fund would be parceled out over the next two years.

  • Texas Ruling Targets State-Level Licensing

    RALEIGH — A ruling by the Texas Supreme Court earlier this summer striking down an occupational licensing requirement has raised hopes that other states, including North Carolina, will move to ease job licensing restrictions. The court said a state requirement forcing eyebrow threaders to complete 750 hours of training violates…

  • Bill Barring Local Regs on Uber, Lyft Passes House Committee

    RALEIGH – A bill regulating “transportation network companies” such as Uber and Lyft at the state level cleared the House Finance Committee Thursday, putting it one step closer to becoming law. The bill, which sets minimum liability insurance requirements and requires companies to conduct background checks on drivers, is expected…

  • Lawmakers, Governor Agree On $21.7 Billion Spending Cap

    RALEIGH — In a sign that the state budget impasse may soon end, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday that he and legislative leaders had reached an agreement on a $21.735 billion bottom line for the 2015-16 fiscal year General Fund budget. Including funds from the federal government and transportation…

  • Senate Reluctantly Adopts Two-Week Budget Extension

    RALEIGH — The General Assembly on Wednesday approved a measure allowing state government to continue spending money through the end of the month while budget writers from both chambers continue to hammer out a compromise. Using temporary measures for budget authority at the beginning of a fiscal year has become…

  • Uber, Lyft Regulations Move Forward in House

    RALEIGH — A bill setting up state regulation of transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft cleared a House Committee on Tuesday. Rep. Bill Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, the House handler of the bill, said the legislation is needed to have uniform regulations statewide and prevent cities — including those owning…

  • Taxpayer Protection Amendment Barely Passes Senate

    RALEIGH — A proposed constitutional amendment Senate Republicans have titled the Taxpayer Protection Act tentatively squeaked through that chamber Tuesday, with a final vote expected on Wednesday. The proposal would set a cap on the personal income tax rate at 5 percent (down from the current 10 percent), require lawmakers…