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Nelson Dollar (R-Wake), right, senior chair of the House Appropriations committee, confers with Rep. Jimmy Dixon (R-Duplin, Wayne) at the conclusion of a committee meeting at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The N. C. House and N. C. Senate have yet to reach a budget agreement for the 2015 session. Several top Republican lawmakers say they likely won’t reach a budget deal by an Aug. 14 deadline – a delay that will prolong uncertainty for public schools and other agencies that depend on state funding. Since the last fiscal year ended June 30, the state has been operating under a temporary budget that keeps government running at current spending levels. But the House and Senate budget writers tasked with negotiating a permanent spending agreement haven’t met yet, prompting a rebuke from Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca during a floor speech Wednesday. Apodaca, a Hendersonville Republican, called on the House’s top budget writers to meet soon with their Senate counterparts. He criticized the House for instead conducting public hearings to discuss differences between the two budget bills, including a two-hour meeting Wednesday afternoon. “They’re too busy going over our budget to sit down with us and discuss the differences – I guess they haven’t found those out yet – and negotiate and move forward,” Apodaca said. “I’d like to encourage the House appropriations team to join with the rest of us, and let’s get home before Labor Day. Chuck McGrady, also from Hendersonville, is one of the House budget co-chairs. He noted that finance chairmen from both chambers have already met to discuss taxes and revenues. “We really can’t go down the budget road until we go down the finance road,” he said, adding that Senate budget co-chairman Harry Brown’s absence this week has prevented a meeting. “I don’t believe there’s any lack of willingness to hold meetings. McGrady said he expects an additional temporary budget will be needed because the talks will continue past Aug. Apodaca was a bit more optimistic, saying prospects for a mid-August agreement are “looking not too good, but I think we can get there. The legislature hasn’t extended budget talks past mid-August in at least a decade. That’s when the school year starts in many counties, and school districts are already hiring teachers and teacher assistants without knowing how much money they’ll. Source: www.newsobserver.com
The director of Oregon's economic development office will step down this fall, state officials announced Wednesday, making his the second top departure from a state agency in as many weeks. Sean Robbins, who led Business Oregon for 13 months, will leave the agency later this year, according to a statement issued by his agency and Gov. Kate Brown's office. "He crafted a thoughtful vision into an effective strategic action plan for the agency, laying a solid foundation for the next director," Brown said in the written statement. Robbins plans to return to Wisconsin to be near family. The exact date of his exit has not been set, because he has offered to stay as the agency launches its search for a new leader. "My wife and I have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to be closer to and care for family," he said in his resignation letter dated Monday. The Oregonian/OregonLive obtained the note through a public records request. John Kitzhaber appointed Robbins in March 2014 to lead the Oregon Business Development Department, better known as Business Oregon. Robbins began at the agency in June of that year. Robbins shifted the agency's priorities away from recruiting large businesses toward helping in-state industries expand. "The cause of economic opportunity and security is important work and I am proud of the progress that we've made to help the state's economy grow," he said in his resignation letter sent to Brown. Erin Flynn, who chairs the commission that oversees the agency, described Robbins' departure unfortunate, but credited him for instilling a "grow our own" strategy. "He did a lot in a short period of time," said Flynn, the associate vice president for strategic partnerships at Portland State University. "He really reorganized the agency along the lines of focusing on building from within. Before taking over Business Oregon, Robbins oversaw Greater Portland Inc. , a regional partnership focused on expanding the Portland-area economy. News of his resignation from the state follows last week's announcement that Erinn Kelley-Siel will leave the Department of Human Services, which she led since 2011. Two other agency leaders have also stepped down since Brown took office in February. -- Molly Young. myoung@oregonian. 503-412-7056. @mollykyoung. Update, 2 p. m. : This story has been updated with. Source: www.oregonlive.com
SALEM — The day before Gov. John Kitzhaber quit amid influence-peddling allegations last February, Republicans in the Oregon Legislature seized on the political earthquake to roll out sweeping ethics reforms. They wanted to set strict rules for the governor's partner, allow lawmakers to impeach statewide officials, and increase access to public records, among other changes. But on July 6, when lawmakers adjourned, none of those ideas had advanced. Only three milder bills drafted by Gov. Kate Brown herself became law. Any bigger changes, lawmakers said, would have to wait until at least 2016. "We could have done more. We should have done more," said Rep. Julie Parrish , R-West Linn. "Voters should hold lawmakers and people running for higher office accountable. So what happened. Why, after watching an Oregon governor resign in disgrace for the first time, was the Legislature's reaction so tepid. Some Republicans say Democratic leaders played politics to keep the state's minority party from scoring points. But other officials, including Brown, say they're intentionally taking it slow, especially in the absence of criminal charges spelling out whether Kitzhaber and former first lady Cylvia Hayes broke any laws. Lawmakers in that camp say they remain haunted by the last time they jammed through vigorous ethics reforms, after the 2006 "Lobbyist Luau" scandal in which high-level lobbyists joined select lawmakers on paid trips to Hawaii. Faced with strict new rules on gifts and income reporting, more than 200 local officials resigned in protest, leaving some rural communities in disarray. Now, even Republicans who supported this year's bills acknowledge that most could have used some polish. "I understand why certain people might feel like saying, 'Clean up your act down there. Why didn't you do more. ' But it needs a lot of thought and a lot of input," said Rep. Vic Gilliam , R-Silverton, who voted against two of the governor's bills. "Letting some of the camera hogs calm down, and talking about them (the bills) maybe for the short session, makes a lot of sense. Brown grabs the reins. Republicans were first to shout for ethics reforms early in the legislative session. But Brown, after assuming office Feb. 18, took on the call as her own. The former secretary of state brought along her chief of staff and put her in charge of crafting new policies. Source: www.oregonlive.com
“We really can't go down the budget road until we go down the finance road,” he said, adding that Senate budget co-chairman Harry Brown's absence this week has prevented a meeting. “I don't believe there's any lack of willingness to hold meetings.”.
Kate Brown's office. "He crafted a thoughtful vision into an effective strategic action plan for the agency, laying a solid foundation for the next director," Brown said in the written statement. Robbins plans to return to Wisconsin to be near family
But other officials, including Brown, say they're intentionally taking it slow, especially in the absence of criminal charges spelling out whether Kitzhaber and former first lady Cylvia Hayes broke any laws. Lawmakers in that camp say they remain
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