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Tax Revenue $322 Million Ahead of Projections At Midpoint of Budget Year PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:53
North Carolina tax collections continue to be in the black. 
Legislative economist Barry Boardman reported to legislative leaders that revenues are $322 million ahead of projections for the six months ending Dec. 31. That's 3 percent above projections. He said the rise is because of individual income, sales and business taxes. Boardman says the health of the revenue stream should keep the state on track for a balanced budget. 
Cooper - Talks To Repeal HB2 Ongoing PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 January 2017 15:30
Governor Roy Cooper was in Charlotte today speaking at the YMCA's annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday breakfast. He told those in attendance he's had extended discussions with GOP Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore about repealing HB2
"We've talked," said Cooper. "They certainly do want to move forward in some way. I think where they are stuck is they want a majority of their caucuses before they let something on the floor." 
It appeared that HB2 was on its last legs just before the holidays. A deal between the General Assembly and the Charlotte City Council was reached where the Council would remove a non-discrimination ordinance in exchange for the repeal of HB2. The deal collapsed when senate Republicans added SB4, which would have repealed HB2 but added a six-month moratorium on any local government from passing an anti-discrimination ordinance.
Cooper says it was a golden opportunity that was wasted. 
"It was our best chance, at the end of the year, to get it done," said Cooper. "But it can't be our only chance." 
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who also attended the breakfast, said she also has spoken with Berger and Moore. Cooper says the time to act is now. 
"You talk about wanting something to happen bipartisan," said Cooper. "There can't be anything any more important and bipartisan than getting this done for our state. Particularly here in Charlotte." 
After the deal fell apart, Charlotte leaders considered re-enacting the nondiscrimination ordinance that HB2 nullified. However, Cooper urged them not to do that. 
"I think Charlotte has taken the step that Republican leaders wanted them to take," said Cooper. "Now we need to keep pushing the legislature. The ball is in their court. It's time for them to act." 
Roberts agreed that a symbolic re-enactment of the city's non-discrimination ordinance would be seen as a provocation by the GOP legislature. The law, passed in March, prevents local governments from passing broad anti-discrimination ordinances for LGBT people and directs which restrooms transgender people can use in schools and government buildings. Because of House Bill 2, companies have declined to expand, entertainers canceled concerts and the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference pulled their championships in the state in protest.
So will the latest round of discussions finally lead to a repeal? Cooper sounds hopeful. 
"I believe that if a repeal gets to the floor of the Senate and the House, that there are enough Republicans and Democrats to repeal it," said Cooper. 
Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 16:39
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Cooper's Medicaid Expansion Bid PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 January 2017 08:38

Governor Roy Cooper's Medicaid expansion has been blocked temporarily blocked by a federal judge for two weeks. 

The ruling was in response to a complaint filed by Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore who argue that under state law, Governor Cooper cannot expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. Cooper counters that legislative approval to expand Medicaid impinges on powers reserved for the Executive Branch. 



Last Updated on Sunday, 15 January 2017 08:47
McCrory Issues Pardons During Final Week Of Office PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 January 2017 08:46
The Raleigh News and Observer (N&O) reports Governor Pat McCrory pardoned six people in his final week in office and commuted the life sentence with no parole for a woman who set fire to a Greensboro apartment that killed four people. 
Janet Danahey, 38, is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to setting a fire 9n 2002 that spread quickly through the complex and killed four people. Danahey, then 23, told the court she set the fire as a prank on her former boyfriend. McCrory's commutation makes her eligible for parole in 12 years. 
Other pardons and clemency actions made by Governor McCrory as reported by the N&O: 
  •  Matthew Taylor Watts, pardon of forgiveness for felony larceny in Wake County. 
  • Janet Evett Taylor, pardon of forgiveness for misdemeanor drug and prostitution-related charges between 1988 and 1994 in Forsyth County.
  • Terry Devern Norton, pardon of forgiveness for assault with a deadly weapon in Onslow County. 
  •  Alfred Morrison Lewis Jr., unconditional pardon for multiple drug charges in Mecklenburg County.
  • Horace Lee Shelton, pardon of innocence for forging checks in Buncombe County.  He will apply for wrongful conviction compensation of up to $750,000 from the state.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 January 2017 09:08

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