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Office of Budget and Management: $237 Million Projected Revenue Surplus PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Revenue projections for the current fiscal year forecast the state finishing with a $237 million budget surplus -- above initial budget projections.

Personal income tax receipts are larger than anticipated, according to a news release about the revised projection. The new forecast is $179 million higher.

“This projected surplus is the result of historic tax reform, innovative job creation policies and a tight rein on government spending,” said Gov. Pat McCrory in announcing the revised projection. “My upcoming budget will build on our strategic investments in education, public safety and fulfilling our promise to help those who can’t help themselves while encouraging those who can.”

The governor will release his budget in late April. It will  use the new projections as its base.

 
Kathryn Johnston Named Secretary of Administration PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:20

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Acting Secretary Kathryn Johnston has been appointed permanent head of the state Department of Administration. She has been interim leader since February.
 
She previously served as Budget Director for the City of Wilmington.

Johnston is a North Carolina native and earned an undergraduate degree from UNC-Greensboro where she double majored in Economics and Political Science.

She also earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from N.C. State University.

 
Gov. Pat McCrory Defends Bathroom Privacy Law In Video Statement PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 05:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory is fighting back against Attorney General Roy Cooper and his allies who say the passage of House Bill 2 is discriminatory.

In a long-form video released Tuesday, the governor says House Bill 2 is about "an expectation of privacy that must be honored and respected." He says the state has been the target of "a vicious nationwide smear campaign."

The law set aside Charlotte's recently passed ordinance that would have allowed men to use women's restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa. The General Assembly passed HB 2 with bipartisan support. Gov. McCrory signed it into law.

Early in the day, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced he and his office will not defend the state in a lawsuit filed over the passage of House Bill 2.

Senate Leader Phil Berger shot back at Cooper: Resign your office and run for governor full time.

“Roy Cooper’s refusal to defend the law makes clear he wants the ACLU to win by default in federal court what they can’t win at the ballot box and allow men to walk into locker rooms at YMCAs across our country and undress in front of young girls,” said Berger.

“His zeal for pandering for the extreme left’s money and agenda in his race for governor is making it impossible for him to fulfill his duties as attorney general – and he should resign immediately.”

Cooper called the law embarrassing. "We're talking about discrimination here," said Cooper. "Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina's economy back."

 
Senate Leader Phil Berger to Attorney General Roy Cooper: Resign Immediately PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 05:24

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Resign your office and run for governor full time. That was the message from Senate Leader Phil Berger to Attorney General Roy Cooper Tuesday after Cooper announced he and his office will not defend the state in a lawsuit filed over the passage of House Bill 2.

Cooper, the sitting Attorney General and Democratic nominee for governor, made his announcement at a news conference Tuesday.

Critics of the law say it is discriminatory. The law set aside Charlotte's recently passed ordinance that would have allowed men to use women's restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa. The General Assembly passed HB 2 with bipartisan support. Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law, calling it common sense protection of basic privacy.

“Roy Cooper’s refusal to defend the law makes clear he wants the ACLU to win by default in federal court what they can’t win at the ballot box and allow men to walk into locker rooms at YMCAs across our country and undress in front of young girls,” said Berger.

“His zeal for pandering for the extreme left’s money and agenda in his race for governor is making it impossible for him to fulfill his duties as attorney general – and he should resign immediately.”

 
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