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News-Observer reports Mike Hager to become lobbyist

News-Observer reports Mike Hager to become lobbyist

RALEIGH — Former Representative Mike Hager was reported as saying he’s launching a lobbying firm, Hager Strategic Solutions. It will have no other lobbyists on staff. According to state law, Hager will have to officially register as a lobbyist in a few weeks once his six-month “cooling off period” ends. elected officials must wait six […]

Editorial: the sins of the past

Editorial:  the sins of the past

Maybe each generation feels the only way to advance our civilization is to break free of our past. If only it was that easy. Instead of being given a clean slate by the former commissioners – Bill Eckler, Julius Owens, Bo Richard, Eddie Holland, Greg Lovelace, our elected commissioners in 2014 were forced to pay […]

COAL ASH: Henderson Rep. seeks panel to oversee cleanup

COAL ASH: Henderson Rep. seeks panel to oversee cleanup

RALEIGH, N.C. — Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson wants to reconstitute the panel to oversee the cleanup of unlined coal ash pits across the state. Gov. Pat McCrory shut down the Coal Ash Management Commission in March when a state Supreme Court ruled that the General Assembly set the panel up incorrectly. The court determined that […]

Editorial: The word of the day is ethics

Editorial: The word of the day is ethics

Since we are in the midst of another important election season, we thought it was a good time to remind everyone of that all-important word that seems to allude some of our elected officials as well as those tasked with monitoring them. The word of the day is ‘ethics.” We begin with our representative to […]

Offer to fund challenger ires Rep. Hager

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. -House Majority Leader Mike Hager filed a complaint with the NC state Republican party leaders stating the Mecklenburg County Republican Party chair sought a challenger to oppose Hager in the GOP primary. According to the News-Observer, Hager filed a complaint after an elected official in his Rutherford County district got a call […]

NC Budget extended until Sept. 18

RALEIGH – Lawmakers said they’re working on a compromise after extending their budget deadline another three weeks. The House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution this week to ensure funding for the current operations of state government until September 18th, 2015 at 11:59 PM. While the current budget does not have funding for the state to continue paying for […]

Rep. Mike Hager……this week in Raleigh

RALEIGH- Rep. Mike Hager’s weekly update on what is happening in Raleigh. Budget: This week, the House and the Senate were able to reach an agreement about the total spending that will be in this year’s budget. The budget total was set at $21.735 billion, which is a 3% increase from last year’s budget. Now […]

Data Centers want NCGA to keep renewable energy subsidies

Data Centers want NCGA to keep renewable energy subsidies

RALEIGH — The Economic Development Commission has identified data centers as a target industry for Rutherford County recruitment. Data centers look for locations with a stable environment, clean water, and cheap energy. Already the State of North Carolina and Facebook have built multimillion dollar facilities for the data servers in Rutherford County. Nearby ,Apple, Google […]

Solar tax credits embattled in NC legislature

RALEIGH, N.C. — A 35 percent state tax credit designed to energize the solar industry is set to expire at the end of this year.  The ongoing battle over renewable energy standards and solar energy continued Wednesday in the NC legislature. Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg is fighting to keep it in the final version of the […]

ICC Board of Trustees Appointments HB 188 in committee

ICC Board of Trustees Appointments HB 188 in committee

RALEIGH- House Bill 188 introduced by Rep.Mike Hager in March of this year originally was to take away the Rutherford County Board of Education‘s four appointees to the ICC Board of Trustees and give them to the Legislature. This bill was amended to change the appointments from the Legislature to the Rutherford and Polk County […]

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