STATE LAWMAKERS EXTEND BUDGET EMPASSE 45 DAYS
[RALEIGH] With both houses of the NC General Assembly at loggerheads over a compromise budget, the state House and Senate agreed to a 45-day extension just before the July 1st deadline, allowing for conferees to hash out details for a 2015-16 spending plan. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the continuing resolution to extend the period into law, allowing state government to continue to operate at current funding levels. School systems, however, aren’t sure what they’re funding will be a they begin staffing up before the August 14th deadline.
VANDALS PAINT “BLACK LIVES MATTER” ON CONFEDERATE MONUMENT IN DURHAM
[DURHAM] In the midst of a raging debate about the Confederate battle flag coming down in South Carolina, vandals in Durham this week defaced a monument to Confederate soldiers in Maplewood Cemetery by spray painting “Black Lives Matter” and “Tear It Down” on the granite marker. The monument was just erected in May to honor the Civil War dead of Orange County who fought for the South. Durham police are investigating.
BUSINESSES, SAY GOODBYE TO PRIVILEGE TAXES
[GREENSBORO] As of July 1st, local governments in North Carolina can no longer levy privilege taxes on businesses, according to a law passed by the Republican-led NC General Assembly last summer. That means municipal governments have had to raise taxes and fees in order to make up for the millions in loss revenue. Gov. McCrory promised that he would come up with an alternative to help local governments recoup their losses, but thus far, no plan has been put forth.