Category Archives: Gov. Pat McCrory

JLF report says new N.C. department for IT makes sense, not for veterans affairs

As N.C. lawmakers debate Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposal to establish two new cabinet-level departments, a new JLF report from Sarah Curry recommends that only one of those departments makes sense at this time. Curry says the case is strong for a new department focusing on information technology. Meanwhile, lawmakers could address issues surrounding current programsContinue Reading

Senate Press Release

Today the NC Senate released a press release in anticipation of tomorrow’s tax filing deadline, April 15th.  See their statements below: Raleigh, N.C. – As the state tax filing deadline approaches, the vast majority of North Carolinians will keep more of their own tax dollars due to policy decisions made by the Republican General AssemblyContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Jesse Saffron reports for Carolina Journal Online that Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget plan seeks efficiencies within the UNC system. Mitch Kokai’s Daily Journal welcomes a surprising addition to the ranks of N.C. tax-hike critics.

Call it what it is….a Gas Tax INCREASE

McCrory signed legislation to enact a new gas tax rate.  While the current gas tax was 37.5¢ per gallon and the new legislation drops it to 36¢, which is technically a decrease in the rate. What the headlines aren’t telling you is that without the new law, the gas tax would have dropped to 29-28¢Continue Reading

Guilford County Schools budget request

Marquita Brown of the News and Record reports that GCS Superintendent Mo Green will request that county commissioners approve a $26 million boost to the district’s budget. Brown spends a lot of time describing revenue and expenditures from state sources.  I mean, isn’t the NC GOP responsible for GCS’s funding hardships? NC Department of PublicContinue Reading

Budget proposes moving DNPE into Governor’s Office

The Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) is a small office housed in the Department of Administration.  DNPE oversees over 61,000 home schools and around 700 private schools throughout North Carolina.  Governor McCrory’s budget recommends placing DNPE “under a unified office attached to the Governor’s Office.” If the measure survives the lengthy budget process, it wouldContinue Reading

Congressional committee hears state and local perspective on Surface Transportation

On March 17, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on reauthorizing the federal surface transportation law, which is currently set to expire on May 31, 2015. North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, testified at the hearing on behalf of the National Governors Association and North Carolina. Governor McCrory’s testimony conveyed that an effectiveContinue Reading

Atkinson comments on teacher pay

When teach pay stagnated… “I am troubled by the lack of progress on teacher pay” – Budget Statement from State Superintendent June Atkinson, July 22, 2013   When teacher pay increased significantly… “Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson declined to comment on the NEA report.” – Matthew Burns, “NC still lags in teacher pay, studentContinue Reading