State Politics

State Politics

Some entire NC towns may become vacant memorials to Matthew

Hurricane Matthew damaged or destroyed more than 19,000 businesses across the state, and a lot of them were in rural communities where they struggled even before the storm. Paltry participation in low- and no-interest loan programs designed to get businesses back up and running suggests many aren’t coming back, leaving residents with no local businesses in their town and, maybe, no town at all.

Business

NC House backs off proposed ban on development impact fees

A bill that proposed to strip North Carolina counties and municipalities of their authority to impose impact and other regulatory fees on new construction was scaled back by a House committee on Thursday. Local officials say doing away with fees on development will shift the burden of growth on existing taxpayers.

Videos

Tillis wants to expand H2B visa program

Video: N.C. Sen. Thom Tillis wants to expand the H2B visa program, which allows workers from other countries into the U.S. to do seasonal work. Landscaping companies like Greenscapes, Inc. in Raleigh, N.C. use some of the workers on their jobs.
Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
Tillis wants to expand H2B visa program 2:46

Tillis wants to expand H2B visa program

Sen. Burr on the N&O: 'I couldn’t read it, because I’d slit my wrists with what they say about me' 0:47

Sen. Burr on the N&O: 'I couldn’t read it, because I’d slit my wrists with what they say about me'

Sen. Burr: Congress’ failed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was “messed up,” 1:16

Sen. Burr: Congress’ failed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was “messed up,”

NC Rep. Larry Pittman: Obama No Traitor; He Hasn't Harmed Any Kenyans 0:46

NC Rep. Larry Pittman: Obama No Traitor; He Hasn't Harmed Any Kenyans