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Jun 27

Goldsboro Veterans’ Cemetery to Remain Open

Funding for the operations and maintenance of the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro is already in state coffers, but an apparent misunderstanding of state law caused Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration to leave that funding out of their earlier base budget proposal to the legislature. State lawmakers have since identified the administration’s error and on […]

Jun 26

Questions for Cooper’s Budget Press Conference

The offices of Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) hope Gov. Roy Cooper will answer the following questions at Monday morning’s press conference on the budget: How many of your campaign promises being tracked by the media will you have achieved if you veto this budget? Are you concerned that […]

Jun 27

SENATE PROVIDES EXTRA INCENTIVE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO FOLLOW FEDERAL, STATE IMMIGRATION LAWS

The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed legislation Monday to create a deterrent for local governments that continue to act as ‘sanctuary cities’ by ignoring federal and state laws against illegal immigration. Last year, the General Assembly passed a law to prevent counties and cities from enacting ordinances that violate or fail to enforce federal immigration […]

Nov 30

Senate Bull Moose Heading Out to Pasture

Hendersonville, N.C. – The “part grizzly bear, part teddy bear” Senate Rules Chairman who has been a fixture of state government, a relentless advocate for Western North Carolina, and a master of memorable retorts and one-liners announced Monday that the current term – his seventh – will be his last. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson), a successful […]

Sep 23

Senate Passes Final Bond Proposal

In a strong bipartisan vote Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate tentatively approved a final $2 billion bond package to support critical infrastructure needs in the state’s public universities, community colleges, National Guard installations and local water and sewer systems. Voters will cast their ballots on the proposal during the March 2016 primary election. Among other items, […]

Sep 23

Senate Unanimously Expands Tools for Job Growth

In a unanimous vote, the North Carolina Senate on Monday tentatively passed legislation that will continue efforts to recruit new jobs and businesses to the state. The bill answers Gov. Pat McCrory’s call for additional job recruitment dollars by extending the state Job Development Investment Grants (JDIG) program for an additional three years, while increasing […]

Sep 23

Senate Passes Compromise Medicaid Reform

In a bipartisan vote, the North Carolina Senate passed final legislation Tuesday to reform and restructure the state’s chronically troubled Medicaid program. A host of operational and budgetary challenges spanning several administrations has plagued the program. In the past four years alone, the legislature has had to fill shortfalls totaling nearly $2 billion – money […]

Aug 11

Taxpayer Protection Act Advances in Senate

The North Carolina Senate tentatively approved legislation Tuesday that would give voters a choice on amending the North Carolina Constitution with measures to strengthen the state’s fiscal integrity and protect taxpayers from government overreach. If the House of Representatives approves the bill and it becomes law, voters would consider a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot […]

Aug 10

Senate Passes Compromise Bills on Economic Development, Medicaid Reform

On Monday evening, the North Carolina Senate tentatively passed compromise bills on economic development and Medicaid reform with bipartisan support, fulfilling two of the biggest goals of the session while adopting a number of provisions supported by members of the North Carolina House and Gov. Pat McCrory. To encourage progress toward a final budget agreement, Senate […]

Aug 6

Senate Presents Compromise Medicaid Reform Proposal

On Thursday, North Carolina Senate leaders presented a new compromise plan to reform and restructure the state’s Medicaid program by incorporating policies embraced by the governor, House of Representatives and Senate. A long history of problems at the state Department of Health and Human Services spanning several administrations has resulted in major operational and budgetary […]

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