Tax reform

Sun. Headlines: Gov. Won't Sign Coal Ash Bill

Apr 12, 2015

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has refused to sign a bill that includes funding for a commission overseeing the cleanup of coal ash dumps. The governor said a three-judge panel sided with him in declaring the commission unconstitutional. But the spending bill still becomes law Sunday without his signature.   McCrory's office said he supports most of the bill but can't endorse it because of the provision that funds a commission legally barred from taking any official action.

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North Carolina utilities are paying less in taxes to due to the legislature’s tax overhaul last year. The NC Utilities Commission says companies no longer have to pass on those savings to customers but Duke Energy still plans to.

Governor Pat McCrory released his detailed plan Tuesday for how North Carolina should spend its money the next two years. It's a $20.6 billion budget that does not include a key point from McCrory's campaign – overhauling the state's tax system.

Education takes up 55 percent of McCrory's budget.

He includes funding for an additional 5,000 at-risk children to take part in the state's pre-K program, and he sets aside $43 million to promote technology in classrooms, like reading tablets.