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Opinion Roundup: Putting middle-class families first

Posted 12:04 p.m. Friday
Updated 12:08 p.m. Friday

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Friday, May 19, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion and commentary on the need for a forward-thinking state budget, praise for the 'Raise the Age' vote, takeaways from a key gathering of N.C. mayors and more.

SEN. TERRY VAN DUYN: We need a budget that puts middle class families first (Asheville Citizen-Times column) -- For the first time since I’ve been in the General Assembly, I was able to read a forward-thinking budget, one that invests in the people of North Carolina, with the objective of creating opportunities so everyone in our state can live a full, healthy, prosperous life, while adding to the states reserves and without raising taxes. Unfortunately, it was not the budget that passed out of the Senate in the wee hours of Friday morning.


Time to fight opioid addiction (Winston-Salem Journal) -- It’s discouraging to hear about the increase in opioid-related deaths in our area. But this is only one skirmish in the fight. In the long run, we expect victory.


'Raise the Age' is common sense (Rocky Mount Telegram) -- North Carolina lawmakers continue to take welcome steps in the effort to revise juvenile justice by “raising the age” of adult offenders. The N.C. House this week overwhelmingly voted for a bill that would try 16- and 17-year-olds as juveniles – not adults – in cases involving misdemeanors or nonviolent felonies.


Wilson lawmakers cast common-sense vote to raise the age (Wilson Times) -- THUMBS UP to the N.C. House for passing a bill to raise the age for adult criminal charges from 16 to 18. North Carolina is currently the only state that charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.


Some people’s reaction to Thom Tillis’s collapse was disgusting (Charlotte Observer column) -- When Sen. Thom Tillis collapsed at a race Wednesday, America’s pitiful political discourse went on display.


High Point furniture market sees registration decline (AP) -- A world-renowned furniture market shows a significant drop in interest a year after calls to boycott the North Carolina event over a state law that limited discrimination protections for LGBT people


Mayors gather in Greenville, examine rural-urban divisions (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas had a rare opportunity to showcase Greenville and its burgeoning economic growth for more than a dozen of his peers, including those from the state’s largest cities, as Greenville hosted the quarterly meeting of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors.


Mayors venture to Mother Earth, Kinston to share ideas (Kinston Free Press) -- Mayors from some of North Carolina’s largest cities paid a visit to one of the state’s smallest cities. Members of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, comprised of the mayors of the 30 largest cities in the state, made a scheduled visit to Eastern North Carolina Thursday to tour East Carolina Universtiy, Vidant Medical Center and other areas.


B Corps Could Become Newest Business Designation in NC (Public News Service) -- Benefit Corporations - known as B Corps - are growing in popularity in North Carolina and beyond. The designation indicates that a company has met standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. While increasingly recognized as a viable business model, B Corps aren't yet recognized by the state as a business designation. Rep. Chuck McGrady of Henderson County is sponsoring a bill that would change that.


Mental Health Agency Audit Finds Funds Spent on Cars, Travel, Parties – All Legal (N.C. Health News) -- State auditor Beth Wood reviewed the state's largest mental health managed care organization on administrative spending.


Park Without Ball Fields Not Worth It (Coastal Review) -- Faced with a state report discouraging plans to develop much of the last maritime forest in Emerald Isle for ball fields, town officials say the proposed land deal may not happen without them.


Asheville Trump rally attendee sues protester, WLOS-TV for libel (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- A man who attended a downtown Donald Trump rally in 2016 is suing a local woman and WLOS-TV, saying they falsely characterized events that led to his arrest for assault on a female, a charge later dismissed. Richard L. Campbell of Edisto Island, S.C., brought the civil suit for libel and other actions in federal court.

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