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Changes to North Carolina’s unemployment benefits today passed the first of two required votes in the state Senate. The bill raises a key requirement for those using benefits to remain on them.

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The North Carolina Senate passed what’s called a Taxpayers Bill of Rights Wednesday, despite the warnings of the state treasurer. 

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The North Carolina Senate has tentatively passed big changes to Medicaid and sales tax distributions. Senate leaders are calling the bills compromises, but there are still differences to work out with the House.

On Medicaid, Senate leaders favor giving insurance companies more responsibility for managing the government health care program. The House and Governor Pat McCrory would rather give that authority to groups of doctors and hospitals. So the Senate is advancing a bill that allows both insurance companies and groups of doctors and hospitals to take more control.

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The North Carolina Senate has rolled out what they call a compromise sales tax and job incentives bill. This comes a day after the provisions were removed from the senate’s proposed budget.

The senate’s plans to redistribute sales tax by population and their frugal take on economic development funds were never greeted warmly by either the House or the Governor. They were removed from the budget in hopes that would help jumpstart budget negotiations which have been plodding along now for weeks.

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The North Carolina Senate does not like the Obama administration’s sweeping new rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants. The Senate voted Wednesday to restrict state compliance with the law and to sue the administration.   

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, along with many Republican governors, opposes the carbon rule taking effect and has said he plans a lawsuit. The Senate bill requires one.

In the meantime, it orders state environment officials not to take the first step of the rule, developing a plan for cutting carbon emissions by about a third.

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Campaign finance reports normally make news for dubious reasons like a controversial donor or questionable spending by candidates. It’s rare they make news for blunt honesty. Rare, but it does happen.

Last Friday was a big day for North Carolina politicians, whether they’re running for office this year or not. Anyone actively raising money for a campaign of any type had to file their finance reports for the first half of this year. They show amount of cash raised, amount of cash spent and what’s known as cash on hand.

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A bill making it easier to buy and carry handguns and a measure potentially making it easier to resume the death penalty were passed by the North Carolina Senate Monday night.

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We’re now roughly halfway through the overtime period that North Carolina’s General Assembly gave itself to hash out the state’s budget. And while the Senate and House have yet to formally start negotiating, they have picked their teams. And this year’s conference committee is, well, huge.


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Governor Pat McCrory stopped in Charlotte Wednesday—ostensibly to announce a financial company will bring new, high-paying jobs to the city. But the governor also used the opportunity to stump for an expansion the tax breaks used to lure the business.


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Protest petitions are a major way citizens can object to zoning changes in their neighborhoods. The North Carolina Senate has tentatively approved a measure to effectively kill that tool.

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