Medicaid http://wunc.org en Lawmakers Agree On Lottery, Still Divided On Teacher Pay http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-agree-lottery-still-divided-teacher-pay <p></p><p></p><p>Republican lawmakers have been moving slowly on state budget negotiations. They finally reached a compromise Wednesday on how much revenue they will rely on from the state lottery. But that came after hours of finger-pointing and debate over other education issues, including teacher pay.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:35:50 +0000 Reema Khrais 38718 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers Agree On Lottery, Still Divided On Teacher Pay Senate, House Agree On Medicaid Spending In Game-Changing Budget Meeting http://wunc.org/post/senate-house-agree-medicaid-spending-game-changing-budget-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>After weeks of almost no budget talks, state lawmakers finally agreed to break their deadlock. &nbsp;At a public conference committee meeting on Wednesday, they openly negotiated their adjustments to the two-year budget plan and seemingly resolved differences over Medicaid funding.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:06:42 +0000 Reema Khrais 38340 at http://wunc.org Senate, House Agree On Medicaid Spending In Game-Changing Budget Meeting Education And Medicaid Spending Still At Issue In Budget Negotiations http://wunc.org/post/education-and-medicaid-spending-still-issue-budget-negotiations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;">It’s a new fiscal year as of Tuesday, but the legislature has yet to reach an agreement on budget adjustments.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;">The House and Senate are still at odds over how to spend money on education and Medicaid.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:55:41 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 38291 at http://wunc.org Education And Medicaid Spending Still At Issue In Budget Negotiations NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, June 30 http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-stories-we-re-following-week-monday-june-30 <p>North Carolina lawmakers say they want to break the impasse on a state budget this week. But those aren’t the only bills on their docket.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:53:28 +0000 Jorge Valencia 38140 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, June 30 NC General Assembly Summary: Thursday, June 26 http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-summary-thursday-june-26 <p>House and Senate leaders are not showing signs of meeting their July 1 deadline to make adjustments to the state's two-year budget. They're still deadlocked over differences in their spending plans.</p><p>Senate leaders call the House's budget plans unbalanced and unsustainable. They say a five percent pay raise for teachers is not enough. Senators are offering 11 percent by cutting back on teacher assistants.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:32:00 +0000 Reema Khrais 38019 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Summary: Thursday, June 26 State Lawmakers Clash Over Medicaid Projections http://wunc.org/post/state-lawmakers-clash-over-medicaid-projections <p>Governor McCrory and leaders in the state House are trying to speed up budget negotiations, but without much success so far. They’ve introduced a bill that’s a kind of mini-budget to give teachers 5 percent raises in case House and Senate leaders can’t agree on a comprehensive spending plan. But the biggest sticking point in the negotiations is over Medicaid. Thursday morning, State Budget Director Art Pope appeared before a Senate Finance Committee to answer senators’ questions.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:27:07 +0000 Jessica Jones 37998 at http://wunc.org State Lawmakers Clash Over Medicaid Projections State Lawmakers Begin Budget Negotiations With Looming Deadline http://wunc.org/post/state-lawmakers-begin-budget-negotiations-looming-deadline <p>Senate and House leaders are expected to begin meeting in conference committees this week to make adjustments to the two-year budget plan.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They have until June </span>30<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to resolve differences and send their spending plan to Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:47:32 +0000 Reema Khrais 37868 at http://wunc.org State Lawmakers Begin Budget Negotiations With Looming Deadline House Committee Recommends Medicaid Payment Changes http://wunc.org/post/house-committee-recommends-medicaid-payment-changes <p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:51:23 +0000 Jorge Valencia 37618 at http://wunc.org House Committee Recommends Medicaid Payment Changes Moral Monday Protesters Sing And Chant In Legislative Building; 19 Arrested http://wunc.org/post/moral-monday-protesters-sing-and-chant-legislative-building-19-arrested <p>Nineteen Moral Monday protesters were arrested yesterday after demonstrating in the legislative building against budget proposals and policies passed by Republican-led General Assembly.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dozens of protesters stomped, danced, and chanted at the very tops of their lungs, days after a superior court judge struck down new rules that prohibit loud activities and noises that would cause disturbances. The Wake County judge on Friday argued that the rules were unconstitutional, overly broad and vague.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:50:18 +0000 Reema Khrais 37403 at http://wunc.org Moral Monday Protesters Sing And Chant In Legislative Building; 19 Arrested Senate Budget Plan Would Mean Big Changes To Education And Medicaid http://wunc.org/post/senate-budget-plan-would-mean-big-changes-education-and-medicaid <p>Senate leaders have released their proposed budget for the next fiscal year. They’re looking to spend about 21 billion dollars. Their plan would make substantial changes to the Medicaid program - and would scale back several state agencies, including the Department of Justice. Senate leaders also proposed hefty pay raises for public school teachers.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>For months now, Senate leaders have made it very clear that they want to give teachers pay raises. But they’ve been pretty coy about the details until this week.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 00:19:25 +0000 Reema Khrais 36406 at http://wunc.org Senate Budget Plan Would Mean Big Changes To Education And Medicaid