WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), urging them to prohibit the transfer of more than 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard in Raleigh, North Carolina, to the Regular Army.
Movement of the AH-64 Apache helicopter unit from the Army Guard in Raleigh to the Regular Army would cost more than 400 North Carolina jobs, while undermining the combat prowess of the Army Guard and weakening the United States’ first line of defense.
RALEIGH – Event organizers are looking for farm-equipment hobbyists, musicians and vendors interested in participating in the 2015 Got to Be NC Festival May 15-17 at the State Fairgrounds. This celebration of N.C. agriculture is produced by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, with Lowes Foods as the title sponsor.
The festival features foods, wines and beers from across North Carolina, live music, a full carnival, and one of the largest displays of antique tractors and farm equipment in the Southeast. Individual tractor collectors and tractor clubs can join the display of more than 1,000 pieces of antique machinery at this year’s event. Tractors in working order also can participate in the daily tractor parade through the fairgrounds. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required.
RALEIGH, N.C. — A recent press release from the North Carolina Values Coalition applauded Senators Randleman, Krawiec, and Daniel for their introduction of The Women and Children’s Protection Act (SB 604).
According to the release, SB 604 “corrects deficiencies in DHHS’ proposed abortion clinic rules by implementing mandatory annual inspections, requiring that those who work in abortion clinics be at least 18 years of age, requiring abortion clinics to have a written transfer agreement with a hospital, requiring abortionists to document the gestational age of the baby, and requiring abortionists to document the reasons for performing late-term abortions.”
Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the NC Values Coalition, released the following statement praising the introduction of Senate Bill 604:
“The Women and Children’s Protection Act brings necessary and life-saving reform to our state’s abortion clinic rules by mandating annual inspections and increasing reporting requirements. For too long, North Carolina abortion clinics have been allowed to operate under lower standards than other surgical facilities and poor oversight by the State has put women at risk. If the state can inspect 8 million cars in North Carolina every year, surely DHHS can protect women’s health by inspecting 16 abortion clinics.”
RALEIGH— Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin recently announced that the 2015 Operation Medicine Drop was the most successful medication take-back campaign held in North Carolina since coordinated take-back efforts began in 2010. From March 15 through March 21, people turned in more than 15.4 million doses of unused or expired medications for safe disposal at more than 220 events across the state.
“Approximately 17,000 pounds of medicines and prescription drugs will not end up in the wrong hands because of this year’s Operation Medicine Drop,” Goodwin said. “I applaud the agencies running this year’s events, and I thank the public for helping prevent poisonings, drug abuse and water contamination by turning in medications for safe disposal.”
RALEIGH – A statewide drinking water protection group recently announced eight inaugural winners of an awards program that recognizes individuals, organizations and others that protect sources of public drinking water.
The N.C. Source Water Collaborative presented the awards at the March 18 Water Resources Research Institute’s annual conference. Any individual, group, organization, or agency that engages in activities to protect drinking water at its source may be eligible for an award. Awards were given for three categories: Surface water implementation, education and groundwater planning.
by Barry Smith
RALEIGH — Senate leaders punctuated a week of tax policy talk by introducing a $1 billion tax cut of their own.
Earlier in the week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, introduced a bill changing the way local sales tax revenues would be disbursed, a move favoring rural counties over urban areas. Meanwhile, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill restoring some of the historic development tax credits that were eliminated two years ago in a tax reform package. And leaders in both chambers announced an agreement rewriting the gas tax law.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Last week the House and Senate agreed on a bipartisan plan that will secure critical transportation funding, and offer a long-term stabilization of the gas tax.
First, the proposal will keep the biannual gas tax adjustments in place, with changes occurring on January 1 and July 1 of each year. This year; however, the fix will be implemented on April 1; the next adjustment will be on January 1, 2016.
The gas tax will slowly decrease over time, offering both security for our infrastructure projects, and incremental relief for taxpayers. Changes will occur as follows:
WASHINGTON , D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement Sen today:
“When I was a boy, I dreamed of being an athlete. I listened to those baseball games on the radio, and I envisioned myself as a man out in center field at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park in Boston. But the joy I’ve gotten with the work that I’ve done for the people of the state of Nevada has been just as fulfilling as if I had played center field at Yankee Stadium.
RALEIGH – The most recent Civitas Flash Poll shows North Carolina Democrats favor former Sen. Kay Hagan over selected likely rivals in the primaries for governor or U.S. senator in 2016.
In the primary for governor, Hagan was the choice of 43 percent of Democrats, with 31 percent picking Attorney General Roy Cooper. Three other previous officeholders (ex-state Rep. Kenneth Spaulding, former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx) picked up single-digit responses, and 12 percent of respondents were undecided.
Asked about prospective candidates in the Senate primary, 66 percent of Democrats said they’d vote for Hagan, 12 percent for State Treasurer Janet Cowell, with 22 percent other/undecided.