Author: Charles Walsh

 

H.B. 748: Roll Out the Red Tape

House Bill 748, “Citizen’s United Response,” affirms the 5-to-4 landmark United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, declaring that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment. All the while, HB 748 also creates stringent regulations on…

 

S.B. 1396: $100,000 Biofuels Go-Kart Competition

“Funds for low-cost green technology education,” S.B. 1396, which is sponsored by Sen. Garrou (D- Forsyth) and Sen. Brunstetter (R- Forsyth), would appropriate $100,000 dollars for the creation of a biofuels go-kart competition for North Carolina high school students. This bill has two stated objectives, to “increase [students] empirical understanding…

 

H.B. 1403 “Collect DNA Sample on Arrest”: What They’re Not Saying

Legislators who support H.B. 1403, sponsored by Reps. Wil Neumann (R-Gaston), Pearl Burris-Floyd (R-Gaston), Darrell McCormick (R-Yadkin) and Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg), which would require the collection of DNA upon arrest for all felonies and certain misdemeanors, have only focused on how it would exonerate the innocent.

 

N.C. House’s 2010-11 Budget Recommendations: Natural and Economic Resources

Much like the Senate's Natural and Economic Resources (NER) Budget, the House NER Budget plan contains several large expansions that are "nonrecurring", or one-time added expenditures. The House proposal reflects an astounding 9.8 percent expansion from last year's authorized spending plan for 2010-11. The primary focus of the House NER…

 

N.C. House’s 2010-11 Budget Recommendations: Justice and Public Safety

The House budget plan would reduce overall Justice and Public Safety (JPS) Budget by about 3 percent compared to the spending plan put in place last year. As with the Senate JPS Budget, the majority of appropriations shifting occurs within the Department of Corrections, the largest department in JPS. The…

 

N.C. House’s 2010-11 Budget Recommendations: General Government

The General Government Budget would be reduced by 0.7 percent in the House proposal. The majority of the reductions are reflected in operating budgets and position eliminations or transfers within most departments. The largest expansion in the General Government Budget is granted to the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data…

 

North Carolina’s FY 2010-11 State Budget: Natural and Economic Resources

The General Assembly’s final Natural and Economic Resources (NER) budget reflects legislators’ plan to spend the state out of the recession. This budget received a shocking 13.3 percent expansion over last year’s budgeted spending.

 

North Carolina’s FY 2010-11 State Budget: Justice and Public Safety

The overall Justice and Public Safety (JPS) budget was reduced by about 3 percent compared to the spending plan put in place as the second year of the two-year budget approved last year.

 

North Carolina’s FY 2010-11 State Budget: General Government

The General Government budget appropriates essentially the same amount of funds compared to the amount tentatively scheduled for use in the second year of the two-year budget plan approved last year, with only a 0.2 percent reduction. As with the proposed Senate and House General Government budgets, the reductions largely…

 

S.B. 1113 and S.B. 1114: Contracts Available – Call Your Friends!

These bills – Senate Bills (SB) 1113 and 1114 – Carrboro Energy Efficiency/Renewable and Chapel Hill Energy Efficiency/Renewable sponsored by Sen. Ellie Kinnaird (D-Orange, Person) grant the city council's of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, respectively, the ability to engage in "no-bid" contracts.

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