Members of the House Business Lobbyist’s Commerce Committee will take up what appears to be one of the more nonsensical legislative proposals of the session this morning. The subject matter is that most unpleasant of topics — bedbugs. As most everyone ...Read more Comments Off on Crazy as a bedbug?
It’s hard to keep track of all the absurd gibberish coming out of the General Assembly these days. This is especially true in the numerous committee meetings in which no reporter or microphone is likely to be present. Occasionally, however, a lawmaker will ...Read more Comments Off on A state senator’s classless attack on poor people
Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt expressed great frustration this morning at the latest overnight rewrite of the Senate budget. Nesbitt strongly attacked both the process involved as well as the substance of the new version that was apparently ...Read more Comments Off on Senate Dem leader lambastes latest budget proposal
Fay Walton wrote out a suicide note last week, letting the thought of being worth more dead than alive step out from where it lurked in the back of her head. “If I just end it, maybe there’s ...Read more Comments Off on Jobless pushed to the brink by benefits impasse
After yesterday’s maddening budget exercise in the Senate, the big action on Jones Street shifts to the House of Representatives today. At noon, the House Banking Committee will again take up House Bill 810 — the conservatives’ gift to ...Read more Comments Off on Continuing resolution, Dem presser, loan company bill on tap today
Activists and advocates concerned about the policy choices advanced by the conservative majorities at the General Assembly this year will convene a “people’s hearing” this afternoon at the General Assembly. The event is slated for 4:00 pm in ...Read more Comments Off on NAACP leads “A state in emergency” event today at 4:00
The North Carolina Senate Republicans released their budget and tax proposals this morning. For the most part, there is little to distinguish them from the disappointing efforts of their House colleagues. Here is one, initial take. If you’re interested ...Read more Comments Off on Senate trots out its budget proposal
A House Judiciary subcommittee debated the proposal to repeal the Racial Justice Act this morning. You can watch a video of the entire committee meeting at WRAL.com. Not surprisingly, the enthusiasm of the supporters for speeding the death machinery ...Read more Comments Off on Procedural trick used to speed Racial Justice Act repeal?
NC Policy Watch is happy to announce the release of the May 2011 edition of its Carolina Issues Poll. Each month, the staff of NC Policy Watch develops a series of questions on timely issues impacting state policy ...Read more Comments Off on Carolina Issues poll – May 2011
The House and Senate Minority Leaders, Joe Hackney and Martin Nesbitt held a press conference this morning at which they leveled scathing attacks at GOP budget proposals to slash K-12 education. The event was highlighted by the appearance ...Read more Comments Off on House and Senate Dems blast GOP budget proposals
Things have now sped past the point of absurdity in the GOP’s vengeful effort to block the renewal of unemployment benefits for 37,000 workers and their families. Today, in an act of amazing irony, the House Judiciary A Subcommittee ...Read more Comments Off on GOP blocks amendment to help unemployed
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Higher Education met this morning (see the WRAL video here) and confirmed a couple of things that we thought we knew: 1) The process for Senate consideration of the budget bill ...Read more Comments Off on It’s official: Senate Approps subcommittees are now just focus groups
Greg and Elizabeth Rain Georgaras, two of the 37,000 North Carolinians cut off from their employment benefits four weeks ago, can no longer afford to keep their two young children with them. It recently fell to family to ...Read more Comments Off on Unemployment benefits stalemate splits jobless family
The following is from an update sent out last night by the folks at the B.C. Health Access Coalition: By Adam Searing and Adam Linker TERRIBLE HEALTH EXCHANGE/MARKETPLACE BILL (H115) READY TO PASS NC HOUSE H115 is the ...Read more Comments Off on House rails greased for Blue Cross version of health exchange bill
As expected, the state Senate will attempt to squeeze even more out of public education (about $40 million) than was extracted by the budget adopted last week in the House of Representatives. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education ...Read more Comments Off on Senate Approps Subcommittee on Education posts spending targets
Senate GOP Leader Phil Berger said at his weekly press conference this morning that he has no immediate plan of how to deal with the 37,000 unemployed workers whose benefits were cut off on April 16. “No movement ...Read more Comments Off on Berger: No plan to restore benefits for 37,000 jobless