NC senate

5:24 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Protest Petitions To Effectively End? NC Senate Tentatively Says Yes

North Carolina's Senate has tentatively passed a measure that would change protest petitions.
Credit NC General Assembly

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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9:57 am
Wed June 17, 2015

NC Senate Budget Adds Teachers, Cuts Teacher Assistants



The North Carolina Senate and House are both dominated by Republicans. But they’re Republicans with big ideological differences in regards to tax incentives, spending, and Medicaid to name a few. As in past years, their education budgets also layout different priorities.      

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to look at what those priorities are.

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8:34 am
Mon June 15, 2015

McCrory Not Interested In Senate's Sales Tax Plan; Senate Budget Due For Release

Governor Pat McCrory tours Mooresville's downtown.
Credit Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Monday should be fun for fans of politics and numbers. North Carolina's Senate is due to release its budget. It will be the second piece of major economic legislation the body has proposed in less than a week. Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss what we can expect in the budget and how Governor Pat McCrory is reacting to proposed changes in how sales tax is distributed in the state.

Local News
11:35 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Non-Profits Worry About Caps In NC Senate Plan

Credit NC General Assembly



The North Carolina Senate’s economic development proposal lays out some changes for non-profits when it comes to contributions and collecting sales tax refunds. Many non-profits say they’re not good ones.   

The Senate plan sets some limits. It would include charitable contributions as part of a $20,000 cap on all itemized deductions. 

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Local News
1:36 am
Tue March 24, 2015

NC Senate Sales Tax Proposal Further Cuts Charlotte Budget

A Charlotte budget document from January shows projected revenue shortfalls under various scenarios. The bottom, dark-red line shows the elimination of the business license tax and the changed sales tax. Brown's actual bill would not create as immediate a dip, because it phases in over three years. At the time of the chart's creation, the city also had not yet been notified of a $10 million loss in property tax revenues, due to lower revaluations.
Credit City of Charlotte

Top Republicans in the state Senate Monday unveiled their proposal to shift sales taxes from urban areas to rural areas. The bill’s sponsor says it will help poorer counties, but it would compound the growing hole in Charlotte’s budget.

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Local News
2:19 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Good Or Bad Government? 'Blank Bills' And The NC Senate

When left and right agree. Chris Fitzimon, Director of NC Policy Watch (left) and Mitch Kokai, political analyst with the John Locke Foundation (right) both see problems with 'Blank Bills'.
Credit Courtesy of NC Policy Watch and the John Locke Foundation

All 50 members of the North Carolina Senate have each introduced a nearly identical bill. The bill is usually comprised of just 41 words. The details of the proposed legislation could easily fit in a tweet.

These are what's known as ‘blank bills.’

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6:46 am
Wed January 14, 2015

What To Expect From The 2015 State Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session starts today
Credit NC General Assembly

State legislators have descended on Raleigh for the start of the 2015 legislative session. Today’s session is largely ceremonial. The only votes scheduled are to elect leadership of the General Assembly. But there is a lot lawmakers would like to get done this year, which is why WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for a preview of the so-called long legislative session.

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11:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NC Lawmakers Compromise On Plan For Duke Energy's Coal Ash Ponds

North Carolina lawmakers have been under pressure to pass legislation in response a February spill of more than 39,000 tons of coal ash from a Duke plant onto the Dan River.
Credit Riverkeeper Foundation

Top Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly say they’ve agreed on a plan to manage Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds. The plan for Duke Energy's 33 ponds has been roughly six months in the making, but just weeks ago negotiations broke down between the senators and representatives who were writing it. 

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Local News
4:50 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

State Officials Confirm There Will Be Fewer Teaching Assistants

It’s becoming clear that North Carolina’s state budget is not as advertised by House and Senate leaders. 

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Local News
10:04 am
Thu July 31, 2014

NC Budget Details Finally Made Public

Details on how state lawmakers will pay for their proposed $21.3 billion budget were finally made public late Wednesday night.  

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