Raleigh, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Thursday, March 5. Here's what's going on at the legislature and around state government.
THE BUDGET: Gov. Pat McCrory will roll out his budget at 11 a.m. The governor has dropped a few hints about what might be in the document, including following through on a promise to raise the state's starting teacher salary to $35,000 per year. WRAL.com will carry the news conference live.
IN COURT: A three-judge panel will hear McCrory's lawsuit against General Assembly leaders over legislative appointments to boards and commissions, including the Coal Ash Management Commission. WRAL.com will carry the hearing live, starting at 9:30 a.m.
THE HOUSE: The state House is scheduled to finish debating bills expanding the state's economic development incentives and making adjustments to the state gas tax. Session is at 11 a.m.
THE SENATE: Senate leaders said Wednesday they planned to formally reject a bill making budget adjustments for the Coal Ash Management Commission and the commission reviewing the Common Core academic standards. That would trigger the first conference committee of the legislative session. Session is at 11 a.m.
The Committee We're Watching: The Senate's Redistricting Committee will review a proposed new city council scheme for Greensboro at 1 p.m.
Historic: A bill filed in the state House Wednesday would restore the historic rehabilitation tax credit, an economic development tool that expired on Jan. 1 but is favored by both Gov. Pat McCrory and city officials. The credit gives businesses extra incentive to renovate and reuse mill buildings and warehouses in downtown areas.
Redistricting: Sen. Chad Barefoot has filed a bill that would create two new seats and redraw the political boundaries for Wake County's board of county commissioners. Barefoot, a Republican, says the measure would give rural voters and those who live in small town a bigger voice on the county board. Opponents point out the measure comes mere months about Democrats swept all seven seats on the board of county commissioners.