Sunday, March 20, 2011

Legislative scorecard: March 16

Introduced in the House this week:  H100, would require nonprofit corporations get at least 35 percent of their funding from private sources and keep administrative expenses below 16 percent to receive state grants. Sponsors: Reps. Larry Brown, R-Forsyth, and George Cleveland, R-Onslow. Such changes would completely alter the landscape of "qualified" nonprofits.

In the committees: S27, to place a statewide moratorium on involuntary annexations until July 1, 2012. Recommended for approval, Senate State and Local Government Committee. Next: To the full Senate.

OTHER IDEAS: The union representing state employees offered a list of suggestions it said could close next year's budget gap without layoffs. The report by the State Employees Association of North Carolina recommends allowing four-day workweeks, consolidating state health services and ending corporate incentives and special tax breaks to the motorsports and film industries. The group says its proposals of more than $10 billion in savings or revenue options should be considered before cutting state jobs.

Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue is expected to release her budget Thursday. Perdue and Republican legislative leaders have said layoffs are likely in the next budget year as negotiators try to close a projected budget gap of between $2 billion and $3 billion

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