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NC General Assembly

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.

North Carolina General Assembly

Hoping it will help jump start negotiations on North Carolina’s budget, state senators are offering major concessions to the House. But they want something in return. 

For weeks now senior budget writers from both the House and Senate have been talking, just not about the numbers in their budgets.

"We have had discussion on the economic development proposals and the Medicaid proposals," said Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger.

  "I think we are....," Berger then took a long pause before finishing,"closer than we have ever been in getting those things worked out."

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There are two dates that loom large for parents, teachers, students and administrators in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The first is August 14, the self-imposed deadline for the General Assembly to agree on a state budget. The second, just 10 days later, is the first day of school.

Without a set budget, schools have a hard time planning for the academic year and they may have to start cutting programs now just in case. As for the budget negotiations, they're not going so well. At least not yet.

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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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Charlotte’s City Council approved a slew of new spending measures at Monday night’s council meeting, including another $20 million for upgrades at Bank of America stadium—the second of three installments the city agreed to in 2013. 

Council members also agreed to subsidize the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 to the tune of $3 million—half the event’s projected cost.

Twitter

It’s not surprising the new chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party is attacking Hillary Clinton on Twitter. What is surprising are his efforts to link Clinton to the Ku Klux Klan.

NC Office of State Budget and Management

The State of North Carolina has begun preparation for a government shutdown, in the event lawmakers don’t agree to a new spending plan before a current, temporary measure expires on August 14.

Michael Tomsic

Charlotte’s city council has a full docket this evening at one of its few summer meetings. Council members will consider spending millions on sports and economic development deals.

This is the only city council meeting in a two-month span, with elections looming in September.

City of Greensboro

A federal judge has blocked a law redrawing the electoral map of the Greensboro City Council. 

Earlier this month, the General Assembly passed a law redistricting the council. It also makes Greensboro the only city in North Carolina barred from altering its own electoral districts or form of government in the future. The city council, along with a group of citizens, immediately challenged that law in federal court, saying it violated both state statues and U.S. Constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.

City of Greensboro

Earlier this year the General Assembly passed a law redistricting Greensboro’s city council. Thursday, a federal judge will hear arguments on the constitutionality of that law. It’s expected to be a one sided affair.

Under the new law, Greensboro is the only city in North Carolina barred from altering its own electoral districts. Lawyers representing the city and a group of residents will argue this violates state statues and U.S. Constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.

The defense is expected to make no arguments at all. That’s because no one has stepped forward to represent the state. The Guilford County Board of Elections has said it would be inappropriate to take a side in the case. North Carolina’s attorney general has said they will not defend the law either. The General Assembly can pay for a private attorney to argue the case, but so far has not.

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