Incentives bill (HB 1224) fails in the House

Incentives bill (HB 1224) fails in the House

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...]


Monday numbers

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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...]