Lawmakers spar over Medicaid expansion, school split proposal – Rocky Mount Telegram

NASHVILLE – Legislators who represent Nash County in the N.C. General Assembly disagree on Medicaid expansion and a possible split of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

Nash County commissioners met Thursday with three of the county’s lawmakers for dinner at Ribeye’s Steakhouse in Nashville.

N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, N.C. Rep. Bobbie Richardson, D-Franklin, and N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, were at the meeting. N.C. Sen. Buck Newton, R-Wilson, wasn’t able to attend.

Commissioners shared their concerns and goals with legislators, ranging from mental health to lottery funding. But Medicaid expansion turned into the hot topic of the evening between Democrat and Republican lawmakers.

Commissioners on Monday put off voting on a resolution supporting Medicaid expansion until hearing from the legislators on Thursday. (Source: Read more)

Supporters of schools split tout taxpayers’ savings – Rocky Mount Telegram

NASHVILLE — Nash County commissioners said Thursday any possible split of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is about resolving dire funding inequities.

The board presented information from a 34-page report issued in November of a study conducted by MGT of America on a possible split of Nash-Rocky Mount schools along the lines of Nash and Edgecombe counties. Nash and Rocky Mount schools were combined into a single school district in 1992 by the N.C. General Assembly.

Commissioners presented three options: Have the General Assembly vote to split the school system along county lines; leave the system as is but remove Rocky Mount from the funding formula and have Edgecombe County agree on equal per-student funding; or not change anything. (Source: Read more)

Edgecombe could benefit from poultry operation – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Edgecombe County is expected to benefit from the more than 1,000 jobs to be created when Mississippi  poultry producer Sanderson Farms builds a hatchery, wastewater treatment operation and processing plant southwest of Rocky Mount near I-95 and NC 97. (More)

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Nash board reiterates support for poultry plant – Rocky Mount Telegram

NASHVILLE – Nash County commissioners approved a resolution of support for a proposed Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant Monday after listening to more than a dozen local residents talk for more than an hour about their thoughts and concerns on both sides of the issue. (More)

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Lawmakers to tackle electric rates – Source: The Wilson Times

Sen. Buck Newton, a Republican who represents Wilson and Nash counties, was appointed Wednesday to co-chair the Municipal Power Agency Relief committee, which will seek ways to cut electric costs for customers served by ElectriCities. (Paid Content)

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