Gov. Pat McCrory and Secretary Sharon Decker will name the new CEO to run the private arm of the newly reorganized Commerce Department this morning.
The selection sets in motion the privatization of some of the state’s job recruiting functions at a nonprofit entity outside state government, a major move that has critics concerned about conflicts of interest and spending.
Decker is calling the position to run the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina an “interim” appointment. She will announce the pick later this morning and hold a call with reporters at 9:30 a.m.
*** Read the story distracting McCrory from his jobs agenda below in the D ome Morning Memo.***
State lawmakers return to Raleigh for two committee meetings Tuesday. The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee meets at 10 a.m. in room 643 and the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy meets at 1 p.m. in room 544 of the legislative office building.
McCrory cited the 2 percent drop in the state’s unemployment rate since he took office last January as evidence of the success of his administration’s agenda.
But Republicans, led by the governor, said the mistake is yet another example of how dysfunctional the Department of Health and Human Services had become under previous Democratic administrations.
“There’s been 10 years of operational neglect – not only in that department, but others,” Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday. “You can’t fix that in one year.” Read more here.
The Concerned Women PAC considers itself the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. “Mark Harris possesses valuable experience and the leadership needed in Congress,” said Penny Nance, the organization’s chief executive, in a statement. “Dr. Harris is a pro-life, pro-family conservative who will lead on critical issues from the moment he arrives in Washington.”
“As the mother of two young children and a graduate of Wake County Public Schools, I am concerned about education,” she said in a statement. “During the past year, the legislature has done serious damage. Teachers are underpaid and under appreciated. Class sizes are becoming too large. We cannot afford simply adequate public education. As a mother, my children are my most important investment. As a state, we must invest in each child so they have a chance to succeed. We need a new direction.”
Hunt laid out four steps that needed to happen to make the pay hike possible -- politically and practically -- and described how his administration tackled the problem in the 90s. Read more here.
Citing a recent series of articles in The News & Observer, Holding, a Raleigh Republican, said in a news release that Steve Beam’s high pay and time off “raises the question as to whether our tax dollars are being spent wisely.”
“Our economy has stalled over the last few years, and North Carolinians are struggling to find jobs and provide for their families,” Holding said in the statement. “Now imagine how frustrating it is for them to find out that housing officials are pulling down … $280,000 in compensation while also taking off up to 11 weeks a year. Read more here.
“I am grateful to the physicians and nurses at Vidant Medical Center for their outstanding care,” Jones said in a statement. “I look forward to quickly recovering, returning to the ongoing campaign to advance liberty, and continuing to serve the residents of Eastern North Carolina in the months and years to come.”
CNBC says N.C. is Exhibit A in unemployment benefits debate. See it here.
Thom Tillis is a no-show at GOP Senate forum. Read more here.
DOT lays out NC-12 options. Read more here.
Few clues on justices’ stance from redistricting hearing. Read more here.
State treasurer looking for huge office space. Read more here.
“Moral Mondays” becomes “Truthful Tuesdays” in South Carolina. Read more here.
The PAC supporting Kay Hagan received a $2.5 million boost from Michael Bloomberg. Read more here.
Slate headline: “North Carolina is pushing its best educators out. We have to do something.” Read more here.