Thursday, July 31 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:20:04 GMT
In response to our editorial suggesting that we show compassion for the thousands of children who recently immigrated illegally into the U.S. and that their crisis is not the same issue as the need forMore >>
In response to our editorial suggesting that we show compassion for the thousands of children who recently immigrated illegally into the U.S. and that their crisis is not the same issue as the need for immigration reform in general, we received numerous comments.More >>
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -
House and Senate budget leaders made little progress over teacher pay and North Carolina lottery advertising during a public negotiations session.
The Senate offered Tuesday to remove a provision in its state government spending plan requiring teachers to give up their tenure to receive proposed average pay raises of more than 11 percent.
House Republicans have offered average raises of 5 percent. A House budget-writer says the Senate plan still eliminates funding for thousands of teacher assistants to help pay for higher raises.
The two chambers also failed to reach an agreement on lottery ads. The House plan doubles the cap on advertising expenses but still keeps restrictions on ad content. It would only generate $30 million in extra revenue.
The two sides were expected to meet again Wednesday.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:58:23 GMT
Senate lawmakers in Raleigh are scheduled to vote Thursday on a $21.2 billion compromise budget plan, one day before fellow representatives in the state House begin debate on the same proposal. The budgetMore >>
Lawmakers in the state Senate are scheduled to begin debate Thursday morning on a compromise $21.2 billion budget deal. The proposal includes a proposed pay raise for teachers in public schools, and a "Film & Entertainment Grant Fund" to replace the refundable tax credit that expires at the end of 2014. Click on the links inside this story to read the specifics of the proposals.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 7:49 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:49:49 GMT
Rep. Susi Hamilton claims Republican leaders in the General Assembly have changed their tune on some economic development incentives, but not the tax credit program that lures film production to the state. The WilmingtonMore >>
Rep. Susi Hamilton claims Republican leaders in the General Assembly have changed their tune on some economic development incentives, but not the tax credit program that lures film production to the state.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:53:51 GMT
Lawmakers in Raleigh will likely vote later this week on a compromise budget agreement reached by conferees this past weekend, after negotiations extended the General Assembly session longer than manyMore >>
Pay raises for teachers, more vacation days for state workers, and less money for film incentives are all part of the $21.2 billion budget plan agreed on by negotiators in the state House and Senate. The deal will likely be voted on by lawmakers this week in the General Assembly.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:56:24 GMT
North Carolina Senate leaders say they hope to have a final budget to vote on this week. Senate Leader Phil Berger said Monday both chambers are working together to finalize the budget and says he hopesMore >>
Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) says he expects members of the General Assembly to vote on a compromise budget plan by the end of the week. Committee members reached agreement this weekend on teacher pay raises, teaching assistant positions and funding Medicaid, which have been the three major sticking points in negotiations.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:15:35 GMT
The North Carolina Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that changes how Medicaid is administered and paid for in the state. Senators approved the measure, 28-17, on Thursday. It would createMore >>
State lawmakers in the Senate on Thursday passed a bill to partially privatize Medicaid by changing how the program is administrated and financed.More >>
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