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Today @NCCapitol (June 19): Tax deal in the works

Posted June 19, 2013

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Wednesday, June 19. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government today.

FIRST UP: The House Finance Committee is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. this morning. It will consider the bill transferring control of the Charlotte airport to a new regional authority and discuss a constitutional amendment that would limit the growth of government based on population growth and inflation. The committee also takes up a bill to allow for small, lightly regulated investments in start-up companies. 

TAXES: House and Senate lawmakers split off into a number of closed door meetings Tuesday afternoon as they worked toward crafting a deal on a tax package. The Senate had been scheduled to give its final blessing to a deal that would have curtailed revenue growth by some $4 billion over the next four years by cutting income tax rates. Unlike others plans, including those put forward by the House and prior Senate proposals, it would not have extended the state sales tax but it did potentially tax Social Security income.

"It probably would be more productive if the specifics of those conversations remained between us, the House and the governor," said Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham.

House Speaker Thom Tillis was less circumspect about the negotiations, saying that House Republicans did not favor the Senate provisions regarding Social Security and were concerned that tax shifts would force local governments to raise property taxes. Also, he said, while both House and Senate plans would slow the growth of government, House leaders worried that the Senate cut too much too fast.

The Wrap @NCCapitol (June 18) The Wrap @NCCapitol (June 18) "We need to do it at a pace we can absorb and be sure of," Tillis said.

WRAP: Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and reporter Mark Binker review Tuesday's news at the General Assembly, including late breaking tax discussions and a dust-up over a Durham development, in The Wrap @NCCapitol.

HOUSE TODAY: The state House meets at 2 p.m. Bills on the calendar include a measure to allow DOT to raise some speed limits to 75 m.p.h. and a final vote on Gov. Pat McCrory's transportation funding plan, which concentrates more dollars on projects of statewide and regional importance. 

SENATE TODAY: The state Senate meets at 2 p.m. Bills on the calendar includes a measure that increases the penalties for drivers who pass a school bus with its stop-arm extended and a bill that rolls back energy efficient building standards for commercial projects. House Bill 998, the tax reform bill, is still on the calendar as well. 

WRAL.com will carry the House session live UNLESS House and Senate leaders announce a deal on the tax reform measure that will be debated on the Senate floor today. Check the Video Central box on the home page for the stream. 

MCCRORY: Gov. Pat McCrory will meet with his Education Cabinet at 1 p.m. today at the Commerce Department. 

COMMITTEES: For a complete list of committee hearings, check the main @NCCapitol page. Among the highlights. 

Senate Education (10 a.m. | 544 LOB): The committee will hear a bill designed to quickly certify members of the military to teach in classrooms. They will also discuss a measure that would give students with disabilities publicly-funded scholarships to attend private school. WRAL.com will carry the meeting live. Check the Video Central box on the home page. 

Senate Health (11 a.m. | 544 LOB): The committee is expected to take up an as-yet unannounced proposed committee substitute for a state symbols bill.  WRAL.com will carry the meeting live. Check the Video Central box on the home page.

Senate Finance (1 p.m. | 544 LOB): The committee takes up a measure to clear the way for mega-dumps. 

NEWS: Stories we were following Tuesday included:

DURHAM: A protracted fight over the fate of the 751 South development in Durham is once again before the legislature and once again creating strange bedfellows and roiling old animosities. Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, is the chairman of the House Rules Committee. It is also much discussed among his colleagues that Moore was the college roommate of Cal Cunningham, a one-time Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate who is a lawyer representing the project. Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie, is a co-chair of the powerful Finance Committee and has recently tangled with fellow leaders, including Moore, over tax reform measures. The two publicly battled over the fate of the measure Tuesday. Howard's position won and there will be a public hearing on the measure Monday at 4 p.m. 

DMV: The state Division of Motor Vehicles would develop a plan to provide photo identification cards to home-bound individuals under a proposal approved Tuesday by the House Transportation Committee.

SPEED: The state House could vote Wednesday on a proposal that would allow the state Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit on some highways to 75 mph. The current maximum speed on North Carolina highways is 70 mph, but bill backers want to allow the DOT to raise it to 75 mph on highways that are engineered to be safe at that speed.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:  A bill that would allow for GPS monitoring of those accused of domestic violence faced questions in the Senate Judiciary II Committee Tuesday over cost and its constitutionality. Senators did not vote on the bill but peppered its sponsor with questions. The measure would allow judges to require someone subject to a domestic violence protective order to wear an ankle bracelet. That bracelet would then be monitored to ensure the individual didn't enter an "exclusion zone" around his or her victim's house, school or workplace.

BENEFITS:  A bill that requires background checks for those seeking public assistance has cleared the Senate Judiciary I Committee.

MORE STORIES: News from other outlets worth noting include:

Associated Press: The General Assembly gave final approval Monday night to legislation that mandates a ballot question include wording that approved borrowing will include paying interest in addition to the debt principal. The question also must state that additional taxes may be levied to pay for the debt and interest.

N.C. Health News: A law winding its way through the General Assembly would make it impossible to hold food manufacturers liable in cases of obesity.

Wilmington Star-News: Calling his removal unconstitutional, former New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has filed a court appeal asking to be reinstated to the county board. Berger was removed from the board May 20 following an amotion hearing. Commissioners voted 3-2 to oust him, with Berger and Commissioner Jonathan Barfield voting against the move.

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  • sixnitepkg Jun 19, 2013

    We should move to a toll on all roads, so that all vehicles pay for the maintenance. That should solve the issue, right?

    only as long as it's based on the actual wear and tear each vehicle does to the road system... read my previous post

  • sixnitepkg Jun 19, 2013

    GOOD!! Losing people that are on medicaid will only help the state...bye bye!!
    arfamr1008

    this is social security, NOT medicaid, but does that attitude include veterans of WWII? Korea? Vietnam? that are retired and drawing from a social security system that THEY paid into, and DARNED WELL EARNED for their SERVICE keeping our country FREE so you can make absolutely brilliant statements lake the one above? one word... hypocrit....

  • sixnitepkg Jun 19, 2013

    How funny, you libs are normally all about more taxes, but when it cuts close to home & your dear hybrids get hit, you whine like babies.

    What part of not contributing your fair share do you not get? djhartm

    All about paying my fair share, look at it this way, compare the wear and tear (which is the GOP excuse for this) of 1000 hybrids driving nonstop over a 10 mile stretch of highway 24/7 for 1 year, take another 10 mile stretch with 1000 SUV's and one with 1000 loaded dumptrucks. figure out how much it would cost to repair each section of road after that year and tax hybrid owners based on the actual cost of their impact on the road system... let me give ya' a hint; the road with only hybrids wouldn't need a dime in maintenance... therefore, hybrid owners are ALREADY paying more than their fair share in gas taxes...get it?

  • arfamr1008 Jun 19, 2013

    "If the state starts taxing social security income, that will drive people out of the state faster than any other hair rained scheme they have come up with." - Disabled Vet

    Will they flee back to New York?

    JustAName

    GOOD!! Losing people that are on medicaid will only help the state...bye bye!!

  • arfamr1008 Jun 19, 2013

    the sooner this thing gets done, the sooner NC can finally start to attract business in the state again!! HURRY UP GOP!!!

  • Half Red Half Blue Jun 19, 2013

    "Read my lips. No new taxes." Remember that republican line? They love to contradict themselves.

  • b45 Jun 19, 2013

    If the house, senate and Governor McCrory approve taxing social security and let remove NC from 34 other states (including neighboring states that do not tax social security), NC retirees will leave and the any chance of retirees moving to NC with all their assests and investing in new homes will cease. Retirees have a choice of 34 other states to move to who are retiree friendly. Lets see how many new businesses come in to pick up the economic impact of 1.7 million NC retirees on social security who may choose to relocate in the future.

  • djhartm Jun 19, 2013

    The liberal whining is already in full flight...

  • djhartm Jun 19, 2013

    @JustOneGodLessThanU "Republicans want to tax owners of hybrids and electric vehicles."

    How funny, you libs are normally all about more taxes, but when it cuts close to home & your dear hybrids get hit, you whine like babies.

    What part of not contributing your fair share do you not get? It's not just in NC either, CA repealed many benefits for hybrid owners as well. Sorry for the inconvenient truth. You may now return to your sniveling.

  • JustAName Jun 19, 2013

    "Republicans want to tax owners of hybrids and electric vehicles." - JustOneGodLessThanU

    We should move to a toll on all roads, so that all vehicles pay for the maintenance. That should solve the issue, right?

    Or maybe we should put an electric tax for those with hybrid vehicles that is the same rate as the gas tax.

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