Gov. Pat McCrory Mum on Signing NC Coal Ash Regulation Law

RALEIGH—Gov. Pat McCrory won’t say how he plans to handle a proposed new law regulating coal ash right now, but plans to make an announcement soon.

In August the governor said he will likely sign the coal ash bill and possibly sign a lawsuit later challenging one part of it, which allows lawmakers to appoint most members of an oversight commission.

The deadline is next week for McCrory to take one of several actions including:

• sign the legislation into law
• allow it take effect without his approval
• veto the measure and let lawmakers decide whether to override him

McCrory appoints lawyer to NC Appeals Court

RALEIGH–Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a Winston-Salem lawyer to a vacant seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

McCrory’s office announced Monday the governor appointed Richard Dietz to the appeals court bench.

Dietz will fill the seat vacated by Judge Bob Hunter Jr., whom McCrory appointed last week to the state Supreme Court. Dietz will serve the remainder of Hunter’s term, which expires in 2016.

The 37-year-old Dietz is a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend in Winston-Salem specializing in state and federal appeals cases. He is a 2002 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law.

McCrory appointed Dietz last year to the North Carolina Courts Commission, which studies the court system and recommends changes and improvements.
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Gov. Pat McCrory Names Next Chief Justice of NC Supreme Court

RALEIGH—Gov. Pat McCrory announced Mark Martin will become the new Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court upon current Chief Justice Sarah Parker’s retirement at the end of August.

The announcement was made during a news conference Monday afternoon ceremony at the Old House Chamber in the State Capitol.

Martin was joined by his wife, Kym, and members of their family for the announcement.

Justice Martin authored more than 400 appellate decisions during his 20-year tenure on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He is the only sitting judge in North Carolina who has served on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Superior Court.

NC Education Leaders Discuss Workforce Preparation Tactics

DURHAM—State education leaders will gather at the the NC Conference on Education to discuss preparing students to enter the workforce.

Governor Pat McCrory and state superintendent June Atkinson will discuss their plan on how to best prepare students for the working world—specifically the role teachers play in that effort.

The conference comes one week after Gov. McCrory signed a $21 billion budget bill with an average 7 percent pay raise for teachers.

“I learned very early as my career as a teacher that it’s important to hear the voice of businesses in our state and at the chamber a very good partner with public education we have forged forward to make sure we meet one of the purposes of education and that purpose is that we prepare students for careers. The chamber recognizes that public education is an economic developer in our state,” said Atkinson.

Several business and education leaders will also highlight ways NC educators are raising the bar with innovative practices that encourage real-world learning, problem solving and a genuine understanding of the skills needed to succeed.

– Linnie Supall

Gov. Pat McCrory Signs Remaining Bill on Desk Into Law

RALEIGH—Gov. Pat McCrory has signed the last bill left behind by the General Assembly when it completed most of its work for the year this month.

McCrory’s office said the governor signed Monday a 58-page measure that contains dozens of largely minor or technical changes to state law on topics ranging from alcoholic beverages and barber school inspections to a pilot program on raising the dropout age.

The decision means McCrory signed all 17 bills that lawmakers left on his desk, including the $21 billion spending plan for this year.

A veto could have forced the entire House and Senate to return to Raleigh to consider an override. The legislature hasn’t performed regular work since Aug. 2 as lawmakers are in a holding pattern without an agreed-to adjournment resolution.

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McCrory Signs NC Charter School Bill, Others

RALEIGH–Gov. Pat McCrory says he’s working to ensure administrator salaries at all North Carolina charter schools are disclosed.

McCrory said Thursday he signed a charter school bill into law that makes clear charter schools must disclose teacher and employee salaries, just like traditional public schools. Critics of the bill were worried it wouldn’t apply to administrators hired by for-profit companies that manage charter schools, thus receiving taxpayer dollars.

McCrory said he’s told the State Board of Education to make sure contracts with the private groups to run charter schools allow for collecting personnel and salary information.

The governor has signed this bill and 15 others left on his desk by General Assembly members last week before they went home for a while. He has yet to act on one bill.

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Gov. Pat McCrory Signs $21 Billion State Budget

RALEIGH—Gov. McCrory approved the state budget Thursday morning during a bill signing ceremony at the governor’s mansion in Raleigh.

The $21 billion spending plan was agreed upon this past weekend.

Budget highlights:

• No reductions in Medicare eligibility
• No tax increases
• Implement teacher pay raises.

The budget also changes who is eligible for childcare subsidies and bans drone usage by local governments until the end of next year.

McCrory said the budget fulfills promises by giving raises across the public sector without raising taxes.

The governor also challenged its opponents.

“But the fact of the matter is, I asked the critics, ‘Where is your alternative budget?’ I would have welcomed that alternative budget, and I will an alternative budget when we do another budget next year. But, I ask you the question we had to ask the legislators. When you add something to the budget what are you going to take away, or what taxes are you going to implement? Those are the types of details that this team had to work on day in and day out during some very late night hours and long sessions,” said McCrory.

The governor is set to make another announcement Thursday afternoon concerning organizational changes to the Alcohol Beverage Control and State Bureau of Investigation.

Gov. McCrory Addresses Border Concerns Facing NC

RALEIGH—Gov. Pat McCrory spoke about the effect of border control on North Carolina at a press conference in Raleigh on Tuesday.

The governor started off by saying people need to remember soldiers serving overseas and North Carolina needs to do more to help families who have lost family members who were fighting overseas.

When addressing the border issues facing North Carolina, Gov. McCrory said 1,200 of unaccompanied children have already been placed in the state and that number is expected to grow.

The governor said state and local government officers are not receiving any information about where the children currently are right now. Gov. McCrory said he is concerned about the health of the children—if there are enough resources to treat them and if they are in safe environments.

The governor plans to recommend to the White House for advanced notice of the children being placed in the state. Gov. McCrory is encouraging background checks on the sponsors who accept care for the children and to reduce the waiting time for the children to be processed.

The governor also suggested President Obama and leaders of Congress cancel their vacations to address the issue before they go home.

Full Interview with Gov. Pat McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory talks about the proposed budget. Watch the full interview here.

Gov. McCrory to Sign Bill Repealing Common Core

RALEIGH–Gov. Pat McCrory said on Wednesday that he will sign a bill that calls for new standards instead of Common Core.

The House gave final approval Wednesday afternoon.

The bill repeals Common Core for the state’s K-12 standards and directs the State Board of Education to come up with new ones. A new standards advisory commission would be formed to make recommendations to the board.

Common Core, which schools began testing two years ago, would remain in place until the new standards are completed.