Today @NCCapitol (Aug. 5): Brother, can you spare $2.85 billion?

Posted August 5, 2015

Legislative Building

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Wednesday, Aug. 5. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and elsewhere in state government.

BUDGET TALK: Members of the House Appropriations Committee are expected to break down the Senate's Health and Human Services budget proposal during an 8:30 a.m. committee meeting.

BALANCED BUDGET: The Judiciary I Committee is expected to review a bill that would call for a convention of the states to add a provision limiting the growth of government spending to the U.S. Constitution. This meeting is at 12:30 p.m.

HOUSE: Members of the state House are expected to give tentative approval to a bill calling for a $2.85 billion bond referendum this fall. Those bonds would be used to build roads, school buildings and other state-owned assets around North Carolina. The measure would be paired with another $1 billion in cash payments over the next six years focused on road building. The chamber is set to meet at 2 p.m.

SENATE: Senators have put off work on controversial bills several times in the past two weeks, so measures pending on Wednesday's calendar should look familiar. A bill making it illegal to upload so-called "revenge porn" and a measure that would keep North Carolina from cooperating with new federal carbon emissions rules are both due to be considered during the 2 p.m. session.

GOVERNOR: Gov. Pat McCrory returned to North Carolina from a California trip Tuesday and is scheduled drop in on the North Carolina Indian American Political Action Committee reception late Wednesday.


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  • James Hawk Aug 5, 2015
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    Jim Buchanan, I am glad you think you know what you are talking about! While they are finding ways to get more money for roads they are also trying to cut DOT positions. Why, so they can feed the jobs to the private sector so the politicians and the private firms can both get paid. You people in the the state should start trying to recognize who is actually doing the work around here and who is reaping the benefits instead of always trying to throw down on a group of people you know nothing about!!!!

  • Jim Buchanan Aug 5, 2015
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    OK, so call for a $2.85 BILLION bond, to which we, the people, will be taxed to repay. Yet, they don't want to "cooperate" with the new federal carbon emissions?

    First, let's stop spending money we don't have for awhile. The roads in NC can wait a year...at least! Besides, these are the jobs being created so 6 people can watch 1 person do the work!

    Second, I think the carbon emission rule is something we definitely need to agree with. Let's stop polluting the very air we breathe! BUT WAIT, the big industry lobbyist have their hands so deep in our NC government that if they voted for this rule, they would "squeeze!"