A little-known law, the Set Off Debt Collection Act, allows state and local agencies to collect debts by seizing state tax returns and lottery winnings. The law has been good to UNC Health Care. Last year, UNC Hospitals collected $5.7 million, while UNC Physicians and Associates collected $2 million. Read more here.
More political headlines:
--Departing from this uber-optimism from the campaign trail, Pat McCrory gave a sobering assessment of the economy and the challenges ahead.
--The vote in Congress on the fiscal cliff, however, didn’t fall entirely along partisan lines. It split the Triangle’s lawmakers 3-3, and brought surprises from both parties. More on the tax breaks tucked into the cliff deal.
--North Carolina Republicans Robert Pittenger and Richard Hudson are among 67 new members – 29 Republicans, 38 Democrats – being sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives today.
--A December N.C. Supreme Court decision that upheld a ban on video sweepstakes machines goes into effect Thursday. But it’s unclear whether the sweepstakes parlors will be closed – or whether their owners will find a way to comply with the law, as some have said they will do.
--Former Gov. Jim Martin defends his work amid criticism of his investigation into the UNC-Chapel Hill athletic academic scandal.