North Carolina

Fiscal Responsibility

As usual, we have some good news coming out of the State Treasures office this week.  First, we begin with the pension plan... State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA reported that the state pension fund posted overall gains of 7.3 percent for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. However, earnings to date for 2018 reflected only a 1.3 percent increase. The...

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Lawsuit Update

Democrats went 0-2 yesterday in court in an attempt to get a temporary restraining order like they did on Tuesday.  Chris Anglin on Tuesday successfully convinced a judge to issue a TRO in his challenge to a recently passed law.  The Democrats yesterday, however, were far less successful...http://bit.ly/2vtbse5 Gov. Roy Cooper failed Tuesday afternoon to get a temporary freeze on two...

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You Get A Lawsuit And You Get A Lawsuit…

Lawsuits where abound in Raleigh yesterday in response to The General Assembly's overrides of two vetos from Governor Cooper last week.  First up we have the NAACP and Clean Air Carolina suing over 4 of the 6 constitutional amendments...http://bit.ly/2vKpib9 The four proposed constitutional changes the organizations are targeting would require voters to present photo ID, cap the state...

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Taxes From The Right & Left

Neither party will ever admit they support cronyism.  Instead, they will argue that they support the most helping businesses.  This is not true.  What they should say be saying is they support some businesses.  Nothing exemplifies this quite like President Trump's steel tariffs...https://nyti.ms/2nfNlLt Two of America’s biggest steel manufacturers — both with deep ties to Trump administration officials —...

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Two Veto Overrides & A Lawsuit

On Saturday the General Assembly convened for a very short special session to override two of Governor Cooper's from last week.  Not surprisingly, they were successful...http://bit.ly/2vH3soW The Republican-led General Assembly wasted no time Saturday, Aug. 4, batting down a pair of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes dealing with constitutional amendments. The House voted 70-39 to override vetoes of both Senate Bill...

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Education Reform & Resignations

NEW PLAN: Last week, Superintendent Mark Johnson announced a reorganization of the state Department of Public Instruction.  Yesterday he unveiled his plans...http://bit.ly/2KnYe6T As part of the reorganization, Johnson announced that there will now be four deputy superintendents, instead of just one, to oversee DPI’s different divisions. Johnson repeatedly said Wednesday that employees in different divisions are expected to collaborate...

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Show Me The Money

North Carolina school districts are taking the state to court... In 2008, Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ordered the state to turn over $747.9 million in civil fines that should have been given to public schools over a nine-year period. With only $18 million provided so far, the N.C. School Boards Association and 20 school boards...

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Blue Gossip Matters

Late last week, Southport's Chief Gary Smith and Lt. Michael Simmons were arrested after a lengthy SBI and FBI investigation found they were operating a secondary trucking business while on the clock.  This was hardly the first and I doubt it will be the last in southeastern North Carolina.  District Attorney Jon David, in referencing the arrest of Chief...

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Is GenX The Next Flint? Let’s Hope So

Last week the Department of Health & Human Services began testing residents near the Chemours plan in Bladen County to look for GenX and 16 other related per- and polyfluorinated substances, often called PFAS... Government health officials will soon begin testing a small group of residents near a Bladen County chemical plant for GenX and other unregulated contaminants with...

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Special Sessions & Constitutional Amendments

The GOP lead General Assembly convened in Raleigh today for a short session to deal with the constitutional amendments on the ballot in November... State lawmakers opted for simplicity Tuesday in deciding how to label six proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot.  Each amendment will appear under the heading "Constitutional Amendment" per legislation that cleared the House...

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