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Senate Passes Amendment To Increase Medical Deductions to 10% PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 June 2020 13:42

The North Carolina Senate this morning adopted an amendment offered by Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth) and developed in collaboration with Sen. Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus) to increase the tax deduction for medical expenses.

Sen. Krawiec said, "My provision provides extra tax relief to those with high medical expenses this year. I can't think of a better time for this type of relief than a recession during a pandemic. While this change applies to everyone, I'm particularly concerned about the elderly, who are often on a fixed income and also experience more severe health consequences from COVID-19."

Sen. Krawiec's amendment allows taxpayers this year to deduct medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of gross income. Current law allows deductions in excess of 10% of gross income.

The measure passed the Senate unanimously.

 
State House Approves Department of Transportation Overhaul And Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 June 2020 13:35
The State House approved bipartisan financial reforms and an overhaul of the State Board of Transportation on Wednesday after a State Auditor's report found the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) exceeded its annual budget by $742 million in 2019. 
 
House Bill 77 addresses concerns raised by State Auditor Beth Wood to increase taxpayer accountability at NCDOT with stronger transparency measures, firm management oversight, and a restructured board with legislative appointees. It also directs annual NCDOT audits by the State Auditor. 
 
The legislation balances the department's budget, modifies cash balance thresholds, and sets a temporary new floor for North Carolina's gas tax. 
 
Under H.B. 77, the new State Board of Transportation will have 20 members, 14 division members appointed by the Governor, and six at-large members appointed by legislative leaders. 
 
State House Transportation Committee Co-Chair John Torbett (R-Gaston) released the following statement:
 
"This comprehensive bill addresses needed structural reforms at NCDOT while continuing to deliver transportation projects across our State. The people of North Carolina deserve no less, said Rep. Torbett. 
 
State House Appropriations Committee Co-Chair Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) released the following statement. 
 
"These are critical bipartisan financial reforms to ensure North Carolina's transportation system can continue to outpace our neighbors and secure a bright future for our State," said Rep. McGrady. 
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) also released a statement: 
"This General Assembly continues to make responsible budget reforms that fix broken programs and respect the taxpayer dollars sent to Raleigh by working families, ensuring their hard-earned funds are invested properly in our State's mobility and economic connectivity," Speaker Moore said
 
 
 
School Mental Health Bill Signed Into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 June 2020 08:50
Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 476: School-Based Mental Health which require schools to have a mental health plan and training in place.  

 

Governor Cooper shared this statement on SB 476:
"The mental health of our students has never been more important, and this legislation encourages that support. We still need to invest more in school nurses and counselors." 
 
Governor Cooper Vetoes Bill That Allows Outdoor Seating: Republicans React PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 June 2020 08:40

Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law:

Governor Cooper also vetoed House Bill 536: which would allow outdoor seating for dining and beverage service for bars and restaurants in North Carolina. oor Restaurants for Outdoor Seating

Governor Cooper shared this statement on HB 536:

"State and local government leaders must be able to act quickly during the COVID-19 emergency to prevent a surge in cases that could overwhelm hospitals and harm the public. House Bill 536 would limit the ability of leaders to respond quickly to COVID-19 and hamper the health and safety of every North Carolinian."

 

State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) responded to the veto: 
"The Governor's veto of a commonsense and safe outdoor seating policy shows his unwillingness to respond to cries for help by family-owned businesses across North Carolina," Speaker Moore said. 
 
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