Today @NCCapitol (1/13): Revenue laws to set 2015 recommendations; Starnes moves to Treasurer's Office

Posted January 13, 2015

Rep. Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, talks about why he is resigning from the General Assembly to take a job with the State Treasurer's Office.

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for a one-day organizational session on Wednesday. In the mean time, here's what's going on in state government and politics on Tuesday. 

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING TODAY: A key committee will make recommendations on what tax policies the General Assembly should pursue in 2015. The Revenue Laws Study Committee, which is made up of some of the most senior House and Senate finance committee members, is due to make their final report official.

The highest-profile issues the committee has explored over the past six months are "sharing economy" services such as the ride-sharing business Uber and room rental service Airbnb. However, at the group's last meeting, they did not look at any proposed legislation, and it was unclear if any would be part of a final report to the legislature. Meanwhile, the News & Observer's John Murawski looks for the committee to take on a loophole that allows utilities to pass on the cost for a tax the companies aren't paying.(9:30 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building, Room 544.) 

MEDICAID: Community Care of North Carolina, the nonprofit that helps the state manage Medicaid patients, will make another push to continue playing a key role in North Carolina's health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

CCNC's fate has been caught up in the broader uncertainty of what to do with Medicaid. Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos will speak to the group's innovations forum on Tuesday. CCNC will use the event to announce a new partnership with North Carolina State University’s Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering to improve the efficiency of the state's Medicaid system. (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McKimmon Center.)

Edgar Starnes Starnes on resigning from the General Assembly STARNES OUT: Instead of being sworn in to his 11th House term on Wednesday, Rep. Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, will leave the General Assembly this week and become a legislative liaison for State Treasurer Janet Cowell.  

FACT CHECK: Last week, Gov. McCrory said of the state's unemployment insurance reforms, "All the other states now have followed our lead and have also decided not to extend unemployment compensation." Our fact check says he was off base.  

DIX DONE: As expected, McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced that state officials had reached an agreement to sell the 308-acre Dorothea Dix campus to the city for $52 million. There are still many administrative steps to go, but state lawmakers interviewed Monday said they didn't believe lawmakers would move to block the deal. 

ETHICS: McCrory was once again answering ethics questions Monday as the liberal group Progress NC Action filed a complaint that the governor did not properly disclose payments from businesses he was associated with before taking office, including his brother's consulting company, McCrory & Co. During a news conference announcing the Dix deal Monday, McCrory denied any wrongdoing.


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