Economic Development & Taxes

WRAL: NC tax legislation expands options for counties, could help light rail efforts 

Counties would have more options to raise money for public schools and community colleges under a bill that cleared the House Finance Committee on Wednesday. 

WSOC: Senate OKs updated $2B bond package with March referendum 

An updated $2 billion bond proposal approved late Tuesday by a Senate committee would allocate more proceeds to University of North Carolina projects but slightly less to community colleges and infrastructure loans.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Jobs incentive bill gets NC House, Senate approval 

More than a year ago, Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration sounded an alarm to legislators: The state’s main job incentives fund was running low, and major employers would go elsewhere without that financing as a lure.

Education

WRAL: House lawmakers reject teaching 'gold standard' 

The House Rules committee Monday voted to remove a proposed requirement that high school students be taught about the gold standard.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Educators ask panel to keep Common Core 

The committee charged with rewriting the state’s academic standards spent the better part of one of its final meetings hearing from principals and teachers who want to keep Common Core.

Elections

NEWS & RECORD: State GOP switches to proportional representation; selects new executive director 

The state’s GOP leadership believes it has positioned North Carolina to be a focal point for Republican candidates seeking the 2016 presidential election.

Health Care

PRESS RELEASE: Governor McCrory Signs Historic Medicaid Reform That Improves Patient Care And Holds Down Costs 

Governor Pat McCrory accomplished another major goal of his administration by signing into law major reform of North Carolina’s Medicaid system.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Next steps for Medicaid reform will be challenging 

State Medicaid reform is now law, a signature accomplishment representing a compromise solution between the McCrory administration and a divided Republican-led legislature.

WRAL: Feds launch investigation into DHHS contracts, hiring 

The U.S. Attorney's Office has launched an investigation into high-dollar consulting contracts and salary payments at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

HICKORY DAILY RECORD: North Carolina lawmaker returns to House after heart surgery 

A Charlotte representative is back at work in the North Carolina House nearly seven weeks after heart surgery.

WNCN: Sales ban on fetal tissue in North Carolina OK’d by panel 

A state Senate committee has cleared legislation filed in response to recent undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue for research.

Immigration

WRAL: 'Sanctuary city' ban, food stamp crackdown passes Senate 

The Senate gave tentative approval Thursday to a proposal banning local "sanctuary" ordinances and limiting food assistance for able-bodied, childless, unemployed adults.

Regulatory Reform

NEWS & OBSERVER: Latest deregulation bill takes shape 

This year’s safari for regulations to hunt down and kill has taken shape in the final days of the session.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Tax cheating bill caught in newspaper carrier flap 

A 12-year-old special “presumption” state lawmakers granted to newspapers to avoid treating carriers as employees has become a roadblock for reform legislation directed largely at the construction industry.