Energy Exploration – Senator Bob Rucho and Representative Mike Hager co-chair Tuesday’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy. The meeting includes discussion of oil and gas rulemaking and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.
For those who have been curious about the push behind plans to drill offshore, don’t miss our radio interview with reporter Nicholas Kusnetz with The Center for Public Integrity. The Center recently wrote a must-read piece about how the oil and gas industry are the driving force behind a coalition of governors (including Governor Pat McCrory) advocating for drilling in the Atlantic.If you’re concerned about the next steps in allowing fracking in North Carolina, you’ll also want to keep an eye on Friday’s meeting of the full Mining and Energy Commission. You’ll find an agenda for that meeting here. For more on the fracking rules, read Ned Barnett’s latest piece in the News & Observer.
Charter Schools – The state Board of Education holds its final monthly meeting for the year this Wednesday and Thursday. Members are expected to give final approval to as many as 11 charter school proposals for the 2015 school year.
If you missed it over the weekend, the staff of the Wilmington Star News recently published this editorial about the need for North Carolina’s charter schools to be held accountable for their use of our tax dollars.
And the charter schools up for final approval this week include:
1. Charlotte Lab School
2. Excelsior Classical Academy
3. Ignite Innovation Academy – Pitt
4. KIPP Durham College Preparatory
5. Patriot Charter Academy — this applicant has requested to change its name to Winterville Charter Academy due to their proposed location.
6. PAVE Southeast Raleigh Charter School
7. Piedmont Classical High School
8. Queen City STEM School
9. Shining Rock Classical Academy: CFA
10. VERITAS Community School
11. Youngsville Academy
Fast Food workers rally for better pay – For the past two years fast food workers across the country have been fighting to change the $200 billion dollar fast food industry. What started off with a few hundred workers in New York City is now a movement of thousands of fast food workers across the country highlighting the struggles of trying to survive on $7.25 an hour.
The fight continues this week with three rallies set for Thursday:
• 6:00 a.m. Greenville 3602 Charles Blvd Greenville, NC
• 6:00 a.m.Durham 3558 Hillsborough Durham, NC
• 11:30 a.m. Greensboro 2700 Vanstory Street (Four Seasons Station Parking Lot)
Bad Bridges – Members of the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee meet Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. where they will get an update on North Carolina’s structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges. Legislators will also review a draft of the 2016 -2025 State Transportation Improvement Program. An agenda for the meeting can be found here.
Board of Governors – The UNC Board of Governors will hold their final meeting of the year on Friday. N.C. State University and UNC-Wilmington are among the schools seeking the board’s permission to raise tuition and fees next year.
Best place to see Christmas Lights – McAdenville, North Carolina becomes Christmastown USA starting today. The small Gaston County town is expecting more than 600,000 visitors to travel through the town this holiday season for a glimpse of their iconic light display.