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NC FIRST Commission Virtual Fall Meeting

September 23, 2020

what:NC FIRST Commission Virtual Fall Meetingwhen:Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.where:Streamed Livedetails:The N.C. FIRST Commission is making progress and will meet on Friday, Sept. 25, to review revenue and finance options to secure sustainable transportation investments in North Carolina.The commission is scheduled to hear a department update from Secretary Eric Boyette, receive reviews of its local government and finance workgroups from its members and have a demonstration of its new Creating Revenue and Finding Transportation Solutions investment tool.As the N.C. FIRST Commission begins to make final decisions, there will be more discussion to share ideas and gather feedback from commissioners.Commissioners and others will…

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Carolina Journal

Cooper may open Bank of America Stadium and other venues for some fans

September 23, 2020

By Julie Havlak Carolina Journal News Service Gov. Roy Cooper plans to allow fans at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte and other outdoor entertainment venues. At a Sept. 22 new conference, Cooper said he would move toward Phase 3 of his COVID-19 limits Oct. 2, when large outdoor event venues could reopen to 7% of capacity. Cooper said it was “likely, very likely” that next week he would reopen outdoor venues that seat more than 10,000 people. But he made no guarantees. Instead, he cited his continued surveillance of the state’s trends. Nor did he clarify how far the state…

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NCAE wants teachers to lobby against reopening elementary schools

September 23, 2020

By Lindsay Marchello Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — About half of North Carolina’s school districts are closed for in-person instruction, while the other half have students alternating between learning in the classroom and attending school online throughout the week. Starting Oct. 5, school districts can choose to let elementary schools fully reopen. Gov. Roy Cooper announced the change during a Sept. 17 news conference. The North Carolina Association of Educators, which is usually in lockstep with the governor, criticized the decision. The NCAE’s goal exemplifies the inherent tension between teacher unions and student needs, said Jonathan Butcher, senior policy analyst…

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McHenry: Before COVID We Saw the Best Economy of Our Lifetimes, We Need to Do That Again

September 23, 2020

Today, the House Committee on Financial Services held a hybrid hearing with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the Administration’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to rebuild the record-breaking economy Americans experienced before the coronavirus. Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the Ranking Republican of the Financial Services Committee delivered opening remarks at today’s hearing, which you can watch by clicking here.

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Medicaid Expansion Would Create Yearly Funding Gap For North Carolina

September 23, 2020

Economic analysis shows expansion is not free to state taxpayers, as activists claim  Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina is a misguided and costly plan for our state, and would not be free to state taxpayers, as Gov. Roy Cooper claims. New economic analysis released by the John Locke Foundation reveals that expansion would leave the state with a funding gap estimated between $119.3 million and $171.3 million in the first year alone. The expansion funding gap would continue every year and could increase based on enrollment in the program and cost of the enrollees in the future. Multiple North Carolina expansion scenarios are…

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Tillis Co-Sponsors Annual VA Cost of Living Adjustment

September 23, 2020

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC), co-sponsored the annual Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). This bipartisan legislation would increase certain VA benefits including disability and dependent compensation, clothing allowances, and dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses and children to reflect increases in the cost of living. The cost of living adjustment will be determined by the annual COLA to social security benefits, as determined by the Social Security Administration and would go into effect Dec. 1, 2020. The Social Security Administration bases their annual COLA adjustment…

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Department of Environmental Quality

Task Force Listening Session on Environmental Justice on Sept. 29

September 23, 2020

The public is invited to share feedback for the Environmental Justice and Inclusion Subcommittee of the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force during a public listening session on Tuesday, September 29 at 5 p.m.  Task Force Chair NC Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders will be joined by members of the subcommittee to hear comments on the draft goals which include: dedicated Environmental Justice, Equity and Inclusion resources in key state agencies, develop a framework to inventory the environmental impacts in aging public buildings and housing,  and evaluate needed changes to state law to better address environmental justice,…

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NCDHSS

NCDHHS Launches New Advertisements in Community-Based Print Publications to Urge North Carolinians to “Get Behind the Mask”

September 23, 2020

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is launching advertisements in community-based print and online publications to amplify the “Whatever Your Reason” statewide public campaign and urge North Carolinians to “Get Behind the Mask.” NCDHHS has secured print advertisements in 21 of the state’s leading community-based print and online publications across the state, with an intentional focus on reaching historically marginalized communities most impacted by the pandemic. “Many of the publications we are working with are small businesses that have served as long-running sources of information for North Carolina’s Latinx and Hispanic, Black and African American and American Indian…

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FEMA awards grant to Office of State Fire Marshal to enhance fire and rescue training across North Carolina

September 22, 2020

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $392,998 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the Office of State Fire Marshal. The grant will help the Office of State Fire Marshal provide the most up-to-date training with state-of-the-art equipment. “I want to personally thank FEMA for providing these funds to assist us in the vital area of fire and rescue training,” said Commissioner Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal. “FEMA grants help so many of our struggling fire departments that I cannot thank them enough.” The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)…

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Contrasting views of race dominate lieutenant governor candidate debate

September 22, 2020

By Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — “I don’t consider myself to be a black leader. I consider myself to be a leader in N.C. who just happens to be black.” That’s how Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Mark Robinson introduced himself at a debate hosted by the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership and Spectrum News. The two candidates running to become North Carolina’s first African-American lieutenant governor have dramatically different views on race, law enforcement, education, economic policy, and the role of government. The election pits Rep. Yvonne Lewis Holley, D-Wake, a liberal, against conservative gun-rights activist Robinson.…

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