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  • Senate Drops Medicaid, Economic Development From Budget

    RALEIGH — Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said the Senate would remove Medicaid reform and economic development measures from its budget proposal in the hope that the changes would advance an eventual agreement with the House. Berger said senators would try to advance the objectives in separate bills.

  • Senate, Governor Spar Over Transportation Bonds

    RALEIGH – Senate leaders on Wednesday eschewed Gov. Pat McCrory’s request for a $1.4 billion bond referendum, offering instead their own plan that would increase spending on highway construction and maintenance. Lee Roberts, McCrory’s budget director, countered the Senate leaders’ assertions, saying that the governor’s plan would not result in…

  • Audit: No Safeguards In Place Monitoring State-Run Snack Bars

    RALEIGH — Currently, 89 facilities are run by 70 operators across the state, located in state and federal government buildings. Gross sales total about $10.6 million a year. Since the program’s inception in 1978, 326 people have been licensed to operate food service and vending facilities at those locations. According to…

  • N.C. Homeschooling Hits 100,000 Enrollment Milestone

    RALEIGH — Officially, the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education lists 106,853 students in homeschools, up from 98,172 the previous year, or a 9 percent increase. In 1985-86, the first year homeschooling was legal in North Carolina, 809 students were educated at home. Homeschool enrollment also is higher than the enrollment…

  • State Has $25.5 Billion Unfunded Retiree Health Liability

    RALEIGH — The state of North Carolina has unfunded liabilities for its retiree health benefit fund totaling $25.5 billion, a legislative oversight committee learned Monday. While the state should have no problem paying retiree health care benefits in the near future, if no action is taken, payments could be jeopardized…

  • N.C. One Step Closer to March 15 Presidential Primary

    RALEIGH — With a winner-take-all format in place, the March 15 presidential primary should grab the attention of presidential contenders. North Carolina will have one of the larger delegations to the 2016 Republican National Convention, primarily because of its population and GOP success in the state.

  • Supreme Court Upholds Opportunity Scholarships

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court gave a boost to school choice efforts on Thursday by declaring that the state’s fledgling Opportunity Scholarships Program met constitutional muster. The state’s highest court was split, with its four Republicans voting to reverse an August 2014 ruling by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood.

  • Brown, McCrory At Odds Over Proposed Tax Shift

    RALEIGH — State Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown and Gov. Pat McCrory waged a war of words Tuesday over the Onslow County Republican's proposal to rework the way local sales taxes are allocated. Brown’s plan would shift the distribution of sales tax revenues from the current formula favoring the location…

  • Lawmakers Give Wilmington MPO Map Act Relief

    RALEIGH — The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization may have dodged a costly court fight after Gov. Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 654, a measure relieving the MPO of legal liability regarding the organization’s Hampstead Bypass. It requires the state Department of Transportation to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless…