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Medicaid Waiver Recipients Receive Additional Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

September 25, 2020

RALEIGH — NC Medicaid beneficiaries on the NC Innovations Waiver who are attending school virtually due to the COVID-19 public health emergency can now receive waiver support during remote learning.The NC Department of Health and Human Services requested a waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow individuals to access Innovations Waiver…

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Sens. Tillis and Burr, Reps. Price and Butterfield Announce $47 Million Grant to Preserve Rail Corridor for Future Passenger Service in North Carolina

September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Representatives David Price (D-NC) and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) recently announced that they secured a $47 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to purchase the S-Line rail corridor from Raleigh, North Carolina…

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Sens. Tillis and Burr, Reps. Hudson and Bishop Announce $13 Million Grant to Improve Railway for Economic Development in Southcentral North Carolina

September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Representatives Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Dan Bishop (R-NC) announced that they secured a $13.1 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to transform the Class III Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railway (ACWR)…

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Tillis Applauds Second Round of Relief for Ag Producers, Includes Assistance for NC Tobacco Farmers

September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded an announcement from President Donald Trump that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will distribute up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19, including tobacco farmers in North Carolina who have been affected.…

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Keeping tabs on the elections board’s absentee ballot settlement

September 25, 2020

by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service Fewer than six weeks from the 2020 general election, two of the five members of the State Board of Elections walked off the job. Republicans are disgusted. They say they were misled by information from the board. Its staff. State Attorney General Josh Stein. Together, the Democratic majority…

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Cooper Requests Federal Disaster Declaration to Help Recovery from Hurricane Isaias

September 25, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — On Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper requested a major disaster declaration to help defray some of the costs for communities impacted by Hurricane Isaias. Read the request here. “Unfortunately, North Carolinians are tested frequently by extreme weather and hurricanes,” said Gov. Cooper. “This application for aid from our federal partners will help us rebuild…

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State awards $47.3 million in grants and loans for local government disaster recovery

September 25, 2020

RALEIGH − The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) has awarded $47.3 million in grants and zero-interest loans to help communities recover after multiple hurricanes, while also building resiliency to reduce damage during future storms. Since the launch of the NCORR program last year, 41 local and tribal governments have received a total…

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State Environmental Stewardship Initiative recognizes new and long-standing members at annual conference

September 25, 2020

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality recognized the newest members of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) Thursday for their outstanding commitment to environmental excellence during the ESI’s virtual annual conference. “Members of the state’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative understand that there is an economic benefit to protecting North Carolina’s natural resources,” said DEQ Secretary…

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Winners announced in the WNC Livestock Expo

September 24, 2020

FLETCHER – The final weekend of the WNC Youth Livestock Expo wrapped up at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. The youth livestock shows were held in place of the N.C. Mountain State Fair, which was canceled this year due to COVID-19. Competitions featuring dairy cattle, meat goat, poultry, swine, wool-breed sheep, beef, dairy goat,…

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McHenry Introduces the Gig Worker Equity Compensation Act

September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, introduced new legislation to expand the category of workers that can benefit from equity compensation to the critical gig workforce. H.R. 8280, the Gig Worker Equity Compensation Act, which complements the Pandemic Unemployment Insurance extended to gig…

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Opinion

Opinion: The confessions of a judiciary junkie

September 25, 2020

by Amy Cooke The 2016 presidential campaign turned me into a judiciary junkie. As Democrats force fed the American public an unhealthy diet of identity politics, voters like me quietly became champions of the judicial branch. While we didn’t know how Donald Trump would govern, we did know his judicial philosophy when he wisely released…

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Opinion: Ever-changing congressional districts portend interesting results

September 24, 2020

by Andy Taylor Last year, a Superior Court panel in North Carolina declared the state’s congressional districts an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. As I noted in a previous column, this was an egregious abuse of judicial power. No matter, it is done. We should now look forward and examine the effects the ruling will have on the…

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Opinion: District Closings Boost Homeschooling

September 23, 2020

By JOHN HOOD North Carolina is already the homeschooling capital of the United States. Now the attraction of this education option is soaring higher than ever — thanks not to the actions of its proponents but to the antics of its opponents. According to data compiled by the organization EdChoice.org, about 7.6% of elementary and secondary…

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Opinion: State Economic Recovery is Sputtering

September 22, 2020

JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — According to the latest jobs report, North Carolina’s headline unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in August, down from 8.5% in July. Good news worth celebrating, right? Don’t pop the cork on that champagne just yet. This was mostly a statistical artifact, not a major improvement in the state’s labor market. While…

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Opinion: Court case could prove whether people retain ultimate government power

September 22, 2020

Mitch Kokai, Carolina Journal News Service We’re taught at an early age that the people maintain ultimate authority over government in our state and nation. An ongoing state court battle challenges that teaching. Some 2,094,924 people cast ballots in 2018 to lower North Carolina’s state constitutional cap on income taxes. With 57% support in a…

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Opinion: Cooper knows best, so who are we to question him?

September 18, 2020

by John Trump Maybe I’m just too dumb to get it.  All that science and data. Stupid me, thinking I could think for myself. At one point in my life, not that long ago, really, I thought I was pretty smart. Well, smarter than average, anyway.  What a fool, I was … am.  Just plain…

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Opinion: The left’s long war on the Constitution

September 18, 2020

by Jon Guze The United States was founded on the principle that government exists to protect the natural rights of the governed, including, especially, the natural right to liberty. The Declaration of Independence says so explicitly. The Constitution — signed 233 years ago today (on Constitution Day) — is clearly an attempt to give practical…

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Opinion: Cooper faces test on voter ID

September 16, 2020

by John Hood I have repeatedly criticized Roy Cooper’s troubling efforts to amass power in the governor’s office at the expense of other elected state leaders, local governments, and private citizens. I have related the history of Cooper’s conflict with the General Assembly. I have conceded that state lawmakers struck first by encroaching on his…

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Opinion: State Reserves May Not Be Enough

September 16, 2020

by John Hood RALEIGH — North Carolina’s state government began its 2020-21 fiscal year with $1.5 billion in cash left over from last year plus another $1.8 billion in rainy-day funds and other earmarked reserves. Since then, the state has collected some $1.5 billion more in General Fund revenue than it has yet spent. That’s…

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Opinion: Cooper’s post-COVID-19 plans should worry all North Carolinians

September 14, 2020

by Becki Gray Gov. Roy Cooper owns this. He owns the coronavirus response and everything that will follow.   Cooper has refused to confer with the Council of State, vetoed the General Assembly’s efforts to get businesses safely opened and people back to work, relied solely on his administration’s data and science, blamed President Trump and…

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