The League’s Government Affairs team would like to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving, and take this time of the year to thank all of you for all that you do for North Carolina cities, towns and villages. The work that you have done over the past year has made a tremendous difference in improving the position of municipalities from a policy perspective in the state. With the upcoming holiday, the League will not publish LINC’ed IN this week. We did, though, want to provide you with a couple of reminders about key events coming up after the holiday, and provide a bit of an update about some goings-on around in the state political arena.
Posted on November 25, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on November 21, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
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November 13, 2014
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A Path Forward: Vibrant Cities Today and Tomorrow
League to Host First in a Series of Regional Meetings Examining the Future of Municipal Finance
(RALEIGH) -- Over the last three decades, North Carolina’s major cities, as well as towns in close proximity to them, have experienced some of the largest rates of population growth in the country. During the same period, dozens of other North Carolina towns have seen population losses as traditional manufacturing jobs have moved away. Against this backdrop of population shifts and changing demands on municipal government, North Carolina cities and towns face state policies and trends that threaten traditional sources of revenue and limit growth.
To further a statewide conversation about the future of municipal finance, the North Carolina League of Municipalities will host the first in a series of regional meetings in Southport on December 3, 2014. This meeting series, A Path Forward: Vibrant Cities Today and Tomorrow, will look at the challenges facing municipalities, big and small, including the $62 million fiscal cliff created by the pending loss of privilege license tax revenue.
Posted on November 13, 2014 by Cara Bridges
The League and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners will host a webinar on Friday, November 14, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to provide members with information about the effects of new legislation designed to discourage late-career pension spiking. As previously reported in the October 24 edition of LINC’ed IN
, the Local Government Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees recently approved a critical component of the formula that will determine when pension spiking is deemed to have occurred. Estimates based on the approved formula suggest that 0.27 percent of new retirees annually would be affected by the change. The legislation is meant to discourage pension spiking in an effort to maintain the fiscal solvency and health of the local government pension fund.
Posted on November 10, 2014 by Cara Bridges
Posted on November 07, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
With the unofficial results in, the outcomes of most of the 2014 races for public office in North Carolina are now known. Now is the time to contact legislators, congratulate them, and seek time to make your concerns known to them. The unofficial results for all of the races can be found here
, at the N.C. State Board of Elections website. A brief recap of many of the races follows.
Current State House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican, defeated incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan by roughly 1.5 percentage points, helping give the GOP a majority in both chambers of Congress. Hagan had led in most polls leading up to Election Day, and many national pundits expected Hagan to keep the seat. Democrats' get-out-the-vote effort may not have been as successful as they had thought, particularly outside of a few urban counties. Read more about the U.S. Senate contest here
U.S. House of Representatives
North Carolina's U.S. House delegation will be split 10-3 after former Republican state Sen. David Rouzer picked up the 7th District seat that Democrat Mike McIntyre has held since 1997. The only other change among the state's delegation took place in the 6th District, where Republican Mark Walker will replace 30-year congressional veteran Howard Coble, who is retiring.
North Carolina General Assembly
Republicans will hold onto veto-proof majorities in the state House and Senate, despite losing three net seats in the House. Unofficial results show the GOP with a 34-16 advantage in the Senate, should the vote totals in a tight race in Wake County's District 15 hold. In the House, Republicans would appear to have a 74-46 seat advantage entering the 2015-16 legislative session.
Senate Republicans appeared to pick up one seat with the defeat of Democratic Sen. Gene McLaurin, the former Rockingham Mayor, in District 25. In the tight race in District 15, Republican John Alexander led Democrat and former Raleigh Mayor Tom Bradshaw by 717 votes, a margin that could lead to a runoff.
In the House, four incumbent Republicans lost. They were Reps. Tim Moffitt in District 116, Tom Murry in District 41, Nathan Ramsey in District 115, and Mike Stone in District 51. Republicans picked up the District 2 seat that had been held by a veteran Democrat, Winkie Wilkins, who is retiring. In that race, former County Commissioner Larry Yarborough, a Republican, defeated current County Commissioner Ray Jeffers, a Democrat.
The League would like to congratulate three current or former municipal officials who were elected to the General Assembly yesterday: former Yadkinville Mayor Lee Zachary, Cary Mayor Pro-Tem Gale Adcock, and Cornelius Town Councilman John Bradford III. See more on the General Assembly races here
Congratulations also to the winners in the municipal elections held in High Point, Archdale, Dobson and Pilot Mountain. Those results included the election of Bill Bencini as High Point Mayor in the lone contested mayoral races on Tuesday. See results from those races here
Posted on November 05, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on October 31, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on October 29, 2014 by Cara Bridges
The 2014 Advocacy Goals Conference packet is now available online. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PACKET.
Materials included are an overview memo, a list of 41 legislative, 7 regulatory, and 2 federal goals (as approved by the NCLM Board of Directors at the CityVision 2014 Annual Conference), proposed changes to the Core Municipal Principles, a guide to the NCLM policy development process, a form for submitting additional goal proposals, and the conference agenda. Please note that we will narrow down the goals to a final package of 25 legislative and 5 regulatory priorities. There is no limit to the number of federal goals that may be approved.
Posted on October 27, 2014 by Cara Bridges
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