Disaster Recovery Act of 2017 Approved by North Carolina House

Raleigh, N.C.  – The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to direct $100 million of disaster recovery funds in the state budget to aid Hurricane Matthew, tropical storm and wildfire recovery efforts spanning housing, infrastructure, agriculture, and education in communities across North Carolina.  Continue reading “Disaster Recovery Act of 2017 Approved by North Carolina House”

House Overrides Veto, Compares Cooper’s Claims to Reality  

Raleigh, N.C. –  The North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto in a bipartisan vote Wednesday, enacting another round of middle-class tax cuts and a fourth consecutive teacher pay raise despite Cooper’s partisan rejection of the historic plan that includes a records savings reserve. Continue reading “House Overrides Veto, Compares Cooper’s Claims to Reality  “

Opioid Misuse Prevention Act Approved by General Assembly

Raleigh, N.C. –  The North Carolina House of Representatives approved a final version of House Bill 243 Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act on Tuesday, passing a comprehensive measure to address the opioid epidemic through smarter prescribing and labeling, better dispensing and stricter requirements for use of the state’s Controlled Substances Reporting System.
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Is Cooper Having Second Thoughts on Veto?

Raleigh, N.C.  – It has been nearly 24 hours since Gov. Roy Cooper announced with great fanfare that he would be rejecting the bipartisan budget supported by nearly 70 percent of all voting members of the General Assembly “today.”

Yet, for a third time in less than a week, his actions are contradicting his words, since he has not vetoed the budget.  His latest doublespeak leaves the state hanging with just four days until the end of the fiscal year.

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Speaker and Senate Leader Urge Gov. Cooper to Sign Bipartisan Budget

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina House gave bipartisan support to final passage of the state budget  on Thursday, after Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) urged Gov. Roy Cooper to sign the budget and fulfill many of his own proposals including middle class tax relief, teacher raises and hurricane aid. Continue reading “Speaker and Senate Leader Urge Gov. Cooper to Sign Bipartisan Budget”

Bipartisan Tax Reductions, Teacher Raises, Disaster Relief Approved by House

Raleigh, N.C.  – The North Carolina House of Representatives gave bipartisan approval to the $23 billion state budget Wednesday that increases the state’s zero-tax bracket,  raises teacher pay for the fourth consecutive year, provides disaster relief to communities hit by Hurricane Matthew and raises education spending by $700 million. Continue reading “Bipartisan Tax Reductions, Teacher Raises, Disaster Relief Approved by House”

Education Budget Adds $700 Million, Raises Teacher & Principal Pay

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina General Assembly’s 2017-2018 budget provides a fourth consecutive teacher pay raise, directs $700 million more to public education funding over two years, offers financial incentives for highly-qualified and veteran teachers, and supports additional STEM projects, special needs programs and low-performing schools. Continue reading “Education Budget Adds $700 Million, Raises Teacher & Principal Pay”

House Leaders Praise Tax Relief in State Budget

Raleigh, N.C. – Tax policy leaders in the North Carolina House of Representatives praised their final budget agreement with the state Senate Monday night, touting a substantial increase in the zero-tax bracket as well as a reduction of the personal income tax rate to 5.25%, the lowest rate in the Southeast among states that tax earnings. Continue reading “House Leaders Praise Tax Relief in State Budget”