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NC General Assembly wraps up most of its 2021 work

Nov. 29, 2021 22:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up late Monday nearly all of its work for the calendar year, although vetoes, redistricting rulings or other items could bring lawmakers back to Raleigh for more activity within weeks. The...

High court to consider if GOP leaders can join voter ID suit

Nov. 24, 2021 14:21 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday it will consider whether North Carolina Republican legislative leaders can intervene in a federal court battle over a 2018 state voter ID mandate. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger want to...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Nov. 24, 2021 13:37 PM EST

Charlotte Observer. Nov. 22, 2021. Editorial: NC Republicans are becoming the party of bigots, insurrectionists and the cowardly who let it happen “This is not who we are.” Six relatively simple words. Why...

N Carolina budget gets final OK, quickly signed by Cooper

Nov. 18, 2021 18:22 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly gave its final approval to a two-year state budget on Thursday and sent it to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who quickly signed it into law. Cooper acted almost immediately after the Republican-controlled legislature...

NC Gov. Cooper says he'll sign 2-year budget bill into law

Nov. 17, 2021 00:31 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday that he would sign the legislature’s final two-year budget bill into law once it reaches his desk, saying the good contained inside the Republican-penned bill “outweighs the bad.” ...

NC Republicans unveil final budget with pay raises, tax cuts

Nov. 15, 2021 17:33 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans at the North Carolina legislature on Monday rolled out their final two-year budget bill, hopeful that sweeteners on employee pay raises, infrastructure and tax cuts for individuals will attract enough Democratic support so the long-delayed plan can become...

Judge: N Carolina must spend $1.75B to narrow education gap

Nov. 10, 2021 21:27 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina trial judge on Wednesday ordered the state to pay out $1.75 billion to help narrow the state’s public education inequities, angering Republicans who said the directive usurps lawmakers' constitutional authority over state coffers. ...

Cooper open to signing final NC budget expected next week

Nov. 10, 2021 21:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's extended budget negotiations will come to a head next week with the House and Senate voting on a final spending plan, officials said Wednesday. Gov. Roy Cooper has suggested he could sign it into law, even though he wouldn't get everything he wants, in...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Nov. 10, 2021 13:32 PM EST

Charlotte Observer. Nov. 9, 2021. Editorial: The lame excuses NC Republicans had for opposing the infrastructure bill It is notable that President Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan would not have passed the House without the support of 13...

NC Sen. Berger willing to consider Medicaid expansion

Nov. 03, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Senate’s top Republican, a longtime opponent of expanding Medicaid through the 2010 federal health care law, says he’s now been willing to consider enacting expansion as part of horse-trading with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper over a state budget. ...