The chaos that was the 2014 not so short session of the General Assembly finally ended this week, though there are rumors that Governor Pat McCrory may call lawmakers back to town to pass more economic development legislation and maybe tackle Medicaid reform. But the House and Senate have gone home for now [Continue Reading...]
On the final day of the "short session" both the House and Senate gave final approval to a compromise plan that sets the wheels in motion to begin cleaning-up North Carolina’s 33 unlined coal ash pits. The bill now heads to the governor. [Continue Reading...]
House members rejected on Tuesday a multi part bill to expand job incentives, while capping Wake County’s ability to raise local sales taxes. While House Speaker Thom Tillis and Governor Pat McCrory favored House Bill 1224, a bipartisan group of House members rejected the measure.
State senators had tied the passage of HB 1224 to a separate budget deal, which would have helped counties fund teaching assistant positions this fall.
Rep. Darren Jackson argued the TA fix should be in a separate bill, not dependent on passage of the incentives bill. Rep. Nelson Dollar also argued against the bill Speaker Tillis favored, saying a $20 million Job Catalyst fund to be administered by the Commerce Secretary lacked accountability.
In the end, HB 1224 failed on a 47-54 vote. [Continue Reading...]
When you consider all the bad choices made by the General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory in the last two years—and there have been too many to mention—the one that may make the least sense was the decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and therefore provide health coverage for [Continue Reading...]
24—number of states including North Carolina that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (“What Is the Result of States Not Expanding Medicaid?,” Urban Institute and Robert Wood Foundation, August 2014) 6.7 million—number of residents of the 24 states that will remain uninsured in 2017 as a result of the decision [Continue Reading...]
The day before the state Senate reconvened this week and considered several pieces of controversial legislation, from complex regulatory reform to local taxes to teacher assistant funding, the spokesperson for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger told reporters that the Senate was meeting only to consider an adjournment resolution. But when the Senate [Continue Reading...]