Metro Mayors Legislative Update

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By: Julie White, Executive Director and Mia Guglielmi, Intern 

 

Budget Passes in the House, moves on to Senate 

After a very busy week, the House passed their version of the budget (H97) which will now move on to the Senate.  Some notable aspects of the House budget include increasing DMV fees by 30%, a film tax credit of $40m a year, and a renewable energy tax credit extension for two years. Since the Senate has already started work on their budget, they do not anticipate taking as much time as the House did.  However, it is unlikely that many of the House’s tax credits will be included in the Senate’s version.    

 

H552 Toughens Punishment for Graffiti

 

H552 Graffiti Vandalism, which increases the punishment for graffiti to a Class 1 misdemeanor or, in some cases, a felony, passed Senate Judiciary I Committee and has been placed on the calendar for Tuesday the 26th.

 

For more information on the graffiti bill, check out this story.

 

H232 Study/Update Bicycle Safety Laws Clears House & Senate

 

H232 Study/Update Bicycle Safety Laws will create a group to study current bicycle safety laws to evaluate and update the laws in order to create the safest possible environment for cyclists and motorists.  

 

S486 NC Trail Expansion/Economic Corridors Moves to Next Committee

 

S486 NC Trail Expansion/Economic Corridors creates a fund to be used for the completion of the Mountain-to-Sea trail, as well as give specific powers to the Dept. of Parks and Recreation.

S486 is waiting to be heard in Senate Rules.

 

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News Clips

State senators and House members could spend the coming weeks debating income taxes and spending levels after the House’s budget proposal – released Monday – highlighted divisions between Republicans in the two chambers. (News & Observer)
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article21291108.html

North Carolina would spend $1 billion more in state tax dollars over the next fiscal year under a budget bill and related money report posted online Monday morning, giving the public a first look at the overall spending plan. (WRAL)

 

http:/www.wral.com/proposed-house-budget-gives-raises-to-state-employees-retirees/14653590/#edmsUIZ8XjUAJ3kP.99]http://www.wral.com/proposed-house-budget-gives-raises-to-state-employees-retirees/14653590/#edmsUIZ8XjUAJ3kP.99

Economic development projects around the state are in jeopardy because of the uncertainty about the Job Development Investment Grants program, said Michael Smith, president of the North Carolina Economic Development Association. (News & Observer)

 

 www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article21401448.html

Raleigh businessman Bob Luddy, a major contributor to conservative causes, says he’s refusing to give $25,000 to N.C. House Republicans because their budget doesn’t include new tax cuts and extends tax credits for specific industries. (News & Observer)

 

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