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...]
The marriage equality ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Bostic v. Schaeffer prompted a great deal of justifiable celebration by equality supporters in North Carolina and around the country. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s quick follow-up announcement that the state would no longer seek to defend the marriage discrimination law enacted in Amendment One only added to the happiness.
The only problem, of course, is that marriage equality is still not yet the law in the Tar Heel state.
So what’s the deal? Where do things stand? What happens next?
Perhaps more importantly, what should caring and thinking North Carolinians do to help push things over the finish line?
Featuring Chris Brook, Legal Director of the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation; Jen Jones, Director of Communications and Outreach at Equality North Carolina; and Shawn Long one of the plaintiffs in the court challenge to North Carolina’s marriage discrimination amendment. [Continue Reading...]