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Columns

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had no votes on bills, we had frequent caucus meetings that stretched more than two hours in some cases, and House and Senate leaders reached a budget compromise.

  • District 17 House update

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we continued to negotiate the 2015-17 state budget, we passed a bill to prevent stalking by GPS and we sent a bill to move the 2016 presidential primary date bill to a conference committee.

    As the Raleigh weather turned hot again last week, the budget negotiations also heated up. The appropriations committees in charge of the different parts of the budget were addressing their final provisions and the finance chairmen were still discussing the tax package.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

     

    This summer, I was most fortunate to accompany the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Economic and Workforce Development Team to a business roundtable at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce.

    Karen Sphar, the chamber’s executive vice president, invited the college to discuss with local business and industry owners “how the community could foster a more entrepreneurial friendly atmosphere.” There were more than 30 attendees.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed an extension of the budget deadline of Aug. 31; we passed a bill to regulate Uber and other transportation network companies; we passed a bill to provide more directional highway signs; and we had a couple of high public officials visit Brunswick County.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

    Budget

  • North Carolina versus South Carolina: Which is economic winner?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina and South Carolina were once one — one colony that is — prior to our nation’s independence. Sometime around the late 1600s or early 1700s — historians differ on exactly when — the two colonies separated. Then, when the United States was formed, they become two states. There has been a rivalry ever since.

  • Did you have a memorable moment this summer?

    Watching wide receivers go down with knee injuries each week of the NFL preseason has sent me a pretty clear message.

    I should never have joined a fantasy football league. I don’t know what I was thinking.

    No, what I meant to say was it’s clear that summer is coming to an end. The signs are there.

    The fantasy drafts are coming. The college football Top 20 lists are out. Just the other day I heard someone say she was looking forward to the return of pumpkin spice flavors in … everything.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Budget

    Senate and House budget conferees met with Gov. Pat McCrory at the executive mansion Aug. 18 and agreed upon a total budget amount of $21.735 billion. Last week, the Legislature agreed to extend the continuing resolution until Aug. 31 in order to continue budget negotiations. The Senate will work through the weekend to meet this deadline.

    Transportation

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we sent a Medicaid reform bill to a conference committee to be renegotiated, we also sent a sales tax and economic incentives bill to conference, we finally approved the unemployment insurance reform bill and continued to wait on budget target amounts.