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Brisson: Budget Differences Not Easy to Resolve

Brisson: Budget Differences Not Easy to Resolve

by Dan Way RALEIGH — There are “widespread differences” that are “not what you would call easy” to resolve between House and Senate health care budgets, is state Rep. William Brisson's assessment of budget deliberations in the N.C. General Assembly. “It’s going to take time, and a lot of hard work, a lot of persuasion” to reconcile the plans,” The Bladen County Democrat he said. However, Medicaid overspending might not be a complication this year, as it has been in recent years. “For the second straight fiscal year the North Carolina Medicaid program ended the year with

McCrory:  Support for ConnectNC Bond Proposals Building in Eastern NC

McCrory: Support for ConnectNC Bond Proposals Building in Eastern NC

RALEIGH, N.C. -- According to a recent press release from the governor's office, endorsements are pouring in from Eastern North Carolina municipalities in support of Governor Pat McCrory’s Connect NC bond proposal. The cities of Greenville and Goldsboro, the towns of Windsor and Jamesville, and Wayne, Martin, Carteret and Halifax counties are the latest municipalities to pass resolutions expressing official support for placing the Governor’s bond proposal on the ballot in November. “Local leaders in Eastern North Carolina realize that investing now will improve our state’s competitiveness and quality of life for future generations,” Governor

North Carolina Students Win Big at National History Day Competition

North Carolina Students Win Big at National History Day Competition

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina middle and high school students, as well as their teachers, shined with award recognition in the National History Day (NHD) Contest, June 14-18, at the University of Maryland, College Park. A first place, second place, several special awards and other awards were among honors bestowed on students from the Tar Heel state. "We are so happy for the students," says Laura Ketcham, outreach coordinator, N.C. Office of Archives and History, which administers the program. "They have worked hard all year, and it's wonderful to see them rewarded in an academic competition

Metal Works Mfg. Co. Expands in Cleveland County

Metal Works Mfg. Co. Expands in Cleveland County

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina recently announced that Metal Works Mfg. Co. will be expanding in Cleveland County. The company plans to create 86 new jobs in Shelby within the next three years. Metal Works Mfg. Co’s annual investment in new jobs for the Cleveland County work force will be $3.9 million by the end of 2019. “Nothing compares to North Carolina’s manufacturing workforce,” said Governor McCrory. "This new company will find well qualified employees to not only make

“It’s Revolutionary!” Kicks Off July 4 at Colonial Historic Sites

“It’s Revolutionary!” Kicks Off July 4 at Colonial Historic Sites

RALEIGH, N.C. -- July 4 is the kick off for "It's Revolutionary!" a two year observance of the importance of North Carolina's Revolutionary and colonial era state historic sites in America's freedom story. From ousting a colonial governor in New Bern to calling for freedom from England in Halifax, North Carolina has played a pivotal role in the move to independence for the Unites States. From July 4, 2015, to July 4, 2017, nine state historic sites and the State Archives will share programming to celebrate this history. The observance will include more than 20 events

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  • Opinion:  Three Teams Debate Tax Reform

    Opinion: Three Teams Debate Tax Reform

    by John Hood As the House and Senate negotiate the details of a new state budget, one of their biggest disagreements will be about taxes. Just to be clear: both chambers are led by conservatives who generally favor lower taxes and less spending growth than their Democratic predecessors preferred. Both sides embraced the 2013 tax reform bill, signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, that converted North Carolina’s multi-rate income tax into a flat tax, eliminated or capped various tax deductions, and reduced marginal rates. But now the General Assembly is trying to decide what to do next. Its

  • Opinion: Energy policies have much bigger impacts on people than previously thought

    Opinion: Energy policies have much bigger impacts on people than previously thought

    by Jon Sanders New research from the Institute for Energy Research shows more than ever before how the Obama administration's approach to energy policy is fulfilling the president's 2008 vision of "necessarily skyrocket[ing]" electricity rates. In a first-of-its-kind study, IER chose to go beyond comparing energy sources according to the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of building new plants but instead to compare the LCOEs of existing plants as well. IER's insight is that aggressive federal and state policies aimed at boosting certain kinds of generation sources and crippling certain others are

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