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2014 Tally: $2.6 Billion In Capital Investment In North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:21

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The North Carolina Department of Commerce has released 2014 data on efforts to recruit and retain jobs and job creators in our state.

Data reflects activity through December 15, 2014.

Projects announced: 96

Jobs announced: 15,609

Capital investment announced: $2.6 billion

 
Surprise? N.C. Gas Tax To Increase 1 Cent Despite Recent Drop In Crude PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 05:28

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Prices are falling rapidly at the gas pump, thanks to a precipitous drop in the price of a barrel of crude oil, yet North Carolina's gas tax will increase 1 cent at the pump as of January 1.

The rate will rise from 36.5 cents to 37.5 cents.

The notification from the Department of Revenue about the increase came as a surprise to some, considering that the state's gas tax rate is calculated, in part, on the average price of crude over the past six months.

The state explains, however, that the average of the past six months includes the very peak of crude prices -- April through September. It was last summer when crude began to decline. Based on that, analysts expect that when the gas tax is recalculated in six months, the lower prices will impact the calculation and the tax is likely to drop.

North Carolina's gas tax was capped at 37.5 cents per gallon by the General Assembly.

 
Audit: Department of Labor Violated State Regulations On Travel Reimbursement PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The State  Labor Department's reimbursement of $9,400 in travel expenses has been called out by the state Auditor as a violation of state regulations. The audit was released Monday.

The audit focused on the Wage and Hour Deputy Administrator's work location, which see deemed to be Lexington, but the job is technically based in Wake County. The money reimbursed for the commute between the two locations.

State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry says the position was tagged as "telework" and that the audit is misleading.

The full audit can be found at www.ncauditor.net/EpsWeb/Reports/Investigative/INV-2014-0399.pdf

 
Summaries Of 2014 Substantive Ratified Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 December 2014 05:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Looking for a handy resource guide to the 2014 year at the General Assembly? The General Assembly's Research Division has compiled summaries of substantive legislation passed and ratified.

"Most local acts are not analyzed in this publication," says the introduction of the document. "Significant appropriations matters related to the subject area specified also are included. For an in-depth review of the appropriations and revenue process, please refer to Overview: Fiscal and Budgetary Actions, prepared by the Fiscal
Research Division."

The summaries are presented in alphabetical order by their subject.

The document is accessible at http://www.ncleg.net/documentsites/legislativepublications/Research%20Division/Summaries%20of%20Substantive%20Ratified%20Legislation/Summaries%20of%20Substantive%20Ratified%20Legislation%20for%202014.pdf

 
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