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Department Of Administration Public Meeting Notices For May 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:57

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following are the May 2014 meetings of organizations that operate under the purview of the state Department of Administration.

 
 
Friday, May 16, 2014
NC Domestic Violence Commission
The Commission will meet from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Archdale Building, Ground Floor Hearing Room, 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh. 
 
Please contact Gale McKoy Wilkins at 919-733-2455 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses
The Governor’s Advisory Council on Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses will meet from 10:00 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. by video conference.  The purpose of the meeting is to exchange information gathered by the Council’s four subcommittees over the previous month to create action items for upcoming Council business. 
 
For more information, please contact Kat Woods at 919-807-2436.
 
 
NC License to Give Trust Fund
The NC License to Give Trust Fund Commission will meet from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the NC Eye Bank, Suite F, 3900 Westpoint Blvd., Winston-Salem. The purpose of the meeting is to review, discuss and vote on grant applications, and review and discuss progress/expense reports of current grantees. 
 
Please contact Vanda Wilson-Wormack at 919-715-3837 for more information.
 
 
 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
State Construction Office
The State Building Commission will meet from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 301 N. Wilmington Street, Suite 450, Raleigh, NC. The purpose of the meeting is to approve designer selections and discuss the State’s capital facilities development and management program. 
 
Please contact Alicia Lopez at 919-807-4072 for more information.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:58
 
As Legislative Session Nears, Consequential Agenda Shapes Up PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:50

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - When the General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday, legislators will dig into what's commonly referred to as the "short" session. But that doesn't mean the slate of issues to be addressed is simple. Many, in fact, are serious issues with long-term impact. 

 
Here's a look at some of the issues policy watchers anticipate will be on the agenda.
 
 
Coal Ash Spill
Legislators are poised to address the recent coal ash spill into the Dan River. Ideas discussed are likely to address short-term and long-term concerns, Ideas that may surface in debate include more regulations and ways to protect the environemnt from existsing ash.
 
Adjust The Budget
There will be tweaks and adjustments to state spending for the second year of a two-year state budget. Since legislative leadership is committed to reining in spending, any increase in spending will likely come from existing revenue.
 
Medicaid
Chronic shortfalls in the delivery of health care services for the poor could this year be as high as $140 million. While shortfalls are always a red flag, previous Medicaid shortfalls have been much higher, making this year’s overrun a sign of progress in the management of the massive program. 
 
Teacher Compensation
Gov. Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest have both announced teacher pay initiatives. The governor’s plan increases teacher pay, increases funding for textbooks, and establishes salary supplements for those who obtain some advanced degrees. The Lt. Governor’s North Carolina Education Endowment will provide ways for the public to participate in raising teacher pay, including designation a portion of a tax refund toward the compensation fund. 
 
Education Standards
A commission is reviewing the state’s adoption of the national Common Core education standards. If Common Core is eliminated, expect the commission to instead adopt some of its positive elements and replace other elements with more rigorous standards created by a state-based group.
 
Opportunity Scholarships
More than 4,000 low-income families who applied for a voucher to attend a private school this fall are in limbo due to a lawsuit challenging the program. Word on the street is that legislative leaders may change the funding source for the scholarships.
 
Film-Industry Tax Incentives
North Carolina’s generous 25 percent tax credit is due to expire in December. Legislators will face intense pressure to retain the credit, despite a Fiscal Research staff study that refuted claims by an NC State University researcher that the credit is an economic winner for the state.
 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:53
 
Sterilization Victims Office Forwards 281 Claims To Industrial Commission For Compensation PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 May 2014 16:55

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Efforts to right the injustice imposed on nearly 7,600 North Carolinians who were sterilized against their will by the state are moving forward. 

 
On Monday, the Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims (Office) reported having received 442 claim forms from potential Eugenics Board sterilization victims as of May 1. Two hundred eighty one of those claim forms have been forwarded to the NC Industrial Commission to determine whether the claimants are eligible for compensation. 
 
The state believes nearly 7,600 people were sterilized and that roughly 3,000 are still alive.
 
The program officially operated well into the 1970s.
 
Last year, the Republican-led General Assembly passed Senate Bill 402. The bill, signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, appropriated $10 million in compensation to be divided equally amongst the total number of certified claimants.  
 
The deadline to apply for compensation is June 20, according to the stae Department of Administration's Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims, which oversees the program.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 16:55
 
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Monday, May 12, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 May 2014 07:46

 

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Monday 12, 2014, as released by his office.
 
8 a.m.
North Carolina Congressional Delegation Staff Visit
Executive Mansion,  200 N. Blount Street
Raleigh
Closed to Press
 
2 p.m.
Division of Employment Security Announcement
3351 Carl Sandburg Court
Raleigh
OPEN to credentialed press only.
 
4 p.m.
Research Triangle Park Strategy Plan Update
Old State Capitol, 1 Edenton Street
Raleigh
Closed to Press
 
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