Tar Heel Democrats Vote To Keep Spending Stimulus Bucks on Signs

July 21, 2010

GOP amendment to defund pricey highway signs defeated

By Rick Henderson

RALEIGH — The U.S. House of Representatives last week defeated a measure that would have prevented additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to pay for highway signs touting projects the so-called stimulus act has underwritten.

The five Republicans in North Carolina’s congressional delegation voted to defund spending on the signs. All eight Tar Heel State Democrats — including self-described moderate Reps. Bob Etheridge (2nd), Mike McIntyre (7th), Larry Kissell (8th), and Heath Shuler (11th) — voted to continue using tax dollars on the signs.


N.C. jobless rate of 13% forecast

July 7, 2009

Published: Tue, Jul. 07, 2009 02:00AMModified Tue, Jul. 07, 2009

RALEIGH — Mike Walden, an economist at N.C. State University, predicts North Carolina unemployment will peak at 13 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to a forecast released Monday.

It will fall through the rest of the year at a faster clip than the nation overall and match the national unemployment rate of 10.3 percent by the end of 2010, Walden wrote. He expects the highest rates in early 2010 in Charlotte and the Triad. The Triangle will have the lowest peak rate.

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Perdue tells Cabinet to leap on federal money

March 3, 2009

Gov. Beverly Perdue told her Cabinet on Monday morning to be aggressive in searching for federal money for the state.

She urged them to become familiar with all the federal rules, to get to know leading federal officials.

She said she was reaching out to neighboring governors Tim Kaine of Virginia and Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, in searching for federal money for joint projects that would benefit North Carolina.


Duke: Obama plan would bring higher rates

March 3, 2009

Climate change-related auction of credits will be ‘carbon tax’ passed on to consumers, Rogers says.

By Bruce Henderson

Democrats push $410 billion bill through House

February 26, 2009

Published: February 26, 2009


The Democratic-controlled House pushed through a $410 billion bill yesterday that increases spending on domestic programs, bristles with earmarks and chips away at policies left behind by the Bush administration.

The vote was 245-178, largely along party lines.

Republicans criticized the bill as too costly — particularly on the heels of a $787 billion stimulus bill that President Obama signed last week. But Democrats jabbed back.


Treasury’s stress test still a mystery

February 24, 2009


By Christina Rexrode

February 24, 2009

Arts organizations may try for a share of the stimulus package

February 23, 2009

Published: February 22, 2009

Updated: 02/22/2009 12:40 am

Local arts organizations will soon be able to try tapping into an unusual source of funding.

If they do, they’re sure to get plenty of nationwide competition for some of the $50 million that was earmarked recently for the National Endowment of the Arts. And the groups applying for grants paid for by this money will have to clearly demonstrate how a particular proposal will preserve jobs, NEA officials said.


Shuler defends stimulus ‘no’ vote

February 20, 2009

But congressman to push for WNC share


ASHEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, one of only seven Democrats to vote against the $787 billion federal recovery act, defended his decision Thursday, saying there wasn’t enough stimulus in the package to give his support.


Stimulus dollars may end up helping illegal workers

February 19, 2009

Some construction jobs created as a result of federal aid could go to illegal immigrants.

By Franco Ordoñez
Posted: Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

Thousands of N.C. jobs and millions in wages created from the federal economic stimulus package could wind up going to illegal immigrants.