Budget developments, solar cleanup costs, and other items of interest
While extending budget negotiations into September, state legislators have reached more agreements about details of their 2015-16 state spending plan. John Locke Foundation Senior Political Analyst Mitch Kokai dissects the budget process for Time Warner Cable News’ “In Depth” segment. The state budget and other legislative negotiations make up a large part of Vice President for Outreach Becki Gray‘s regular radio updates on WWNC and WTSB. Vice President for Marketing and Communications Donna Martinez and Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson dissect the week’s top political news for Curtis Media Group’s syndicated “People In Politics” program.
The Duplin Times published CJ Associate Editor Dan Way‘s first article detailing concerns surrounding the absence of a plan in North Carolina to address costs of cleaning up used solar energy equipment in North Carolina, then cited Way’s follow-up report on a legislative hearing addressing the topic. NCPoliticalNews.com picked up Way’s article on state backyard poultry restrictions, along with Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s story on the latest state budget developments and Gray’s column urging lawmakers to finalize state budget details.
The N.C. Spin website promoted Smith’s article on an agreement limiting the size of the next state budget’s spending increase, plus Gray’s columns on freezing North Carolina’s renewable energy mandate and filling in state budget details. The Kernersville News published contributor Kristen Blair‘s column on parents opting out of public school standardized testing and Publisher Jon Ham‘s column on media coverage of the recent Planned Parenthood video controversy. Chapel Hill’s Daily Tar Heel interviewed Kokai about debate surrounding the N.C. Senate’s plan to shift state sales tax distribution.
N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email cited John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood‘s columns on North Carolina’s job creation record and the academic research evidence supporting school choice, Gray’s column recommending ways to finalize state budget details, Smith’s articles on this week’s state budget developments and new transportation network regulations, Way’s article on an audit targeting North Carolina’s main Medicaid oversight group, and the transcript of a Carolina Journal Radio interview about recent N.C. governors with longtime state political player Phil Kirk.