NC General Assembly http://wunc.org en House and Senate Leaders Agree on Basic Budget Framework http://wunc.org/post/house-and-senate-leaders-agree-basic-budget-framework <p></p><p>Leaders of the state House and Senate have agreed on a framework for a budget for the fiscal year that has already started. They're expected to spell out the details this week.<br /><br />Late Saturday afternoon, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger both tweeted that their chambers had agreed upon a budget framework. They said they'd release more details this week.</p><p></p><p>The spending plan is expected to include teacher raises of about 7 percent and save teacher assistants' jobs.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 39710 at http://wunc.org House and Senate Leaders Agree on Basic Budget Framework Governor McCrory Says He Could Veto State Budget http://wunc.org/post/governor-mccrory-says-he-could-veto-state-budget <p></p><p>Governor Pat McCrory says he will consider vetoing a budget bill if he doesn't like what House and Senate budget negotiators come up with. The governor gave a brief interview just outside the Old Capitol earlier this afternoon.</p><p>Leaders in both houses still don't agree on some final key issues, which include how big teacher raises should be and how many teacher assistants to keep in classrooms. Governor McCrory said he met with the House caucus earlier today to spell out his priorities.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:09:18 +0000 Jessica Jones 39625 at http://wunc.org Governor McCrory Says He Could Veto State Budget Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Bill http://wunc.org/post/senate-tentatively-passes-medicaid-overhaul-bill <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:28:59 +0000 Jessica Jones 39577 at http://wunc.org Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Bill NC Senate Tentatively Approves Bill That Would Limit Wake County, Cap Sales Tax At 7.5 percent http://wunc.org/post/nc-senate-tentatively-approves-bill-would-limit-wake-county-cap-sales-tax-75-percent <p>North Carolina's sales tax would be capped at 7.25 percent in most of the state under a plan tentatively approved by the Senate on Wednesday afternoon.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:31:17 +0000 Jorge Valencia 39512 at http://wunc.org NC Senate Tentatively Approves Bill That Would Limit Wake County, Cap Sales Tax At 7.5 percent State Lawmakers Plod Along Without Budget In Sight http://wunc.org/post/state-lawmakers-plod-along-without-budget-sight <p>Senate lawmakers considered a number of items today, while many House lawmakers took the time to pay homage to the late Republican Representative Jim Fulghum.<br /><br />There's still no official word on whether budget writers might be close to an agreement on a spending plan for this fiscal year. So in the meantime, lawmakers are publicly pursuing other measures.</p><p>In the morning, a Senate Rules Committee approved a bill that would restore Fayetteville's red-light cameras, but the committee shelved another that would have allowed license-plate scanners on highways.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:56:59 +0000 Jessica Jones 39496 at http://wunc.org State Lawmakers Plod Along Without Budget In Sight NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, July 21 http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-stories-we-re-following-week-monday-july-21 <p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:01:54 +0000 Jorge Valencia 39245 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, July 21 Rep. Jim Fulghum Of Wake County Dies http://wunc.org/post/rep-jim-fulghum-wake-county-dies <p>Wake County state representative&nbsp;Jim Fulghum&nbsp;who was undergoing treatment for cancer has died. &nbsp;House Speaker Thom Tillis confirmed Fulghum's passing in a statement on the speaker's website. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:13:23 +0000 Gurnal Scott 39305 at http://wunc.org Rep. Jim Fulghum Of Wake County Dies U.S. Senator Kay Hagan Criticizes State Legislature http://wunc.org/post/us-senator-kay-hagan-criticizes-state-legislature <p></p><p>Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan was in Raleigh Friday afternoon to discuss a bill she and others have introduced in the U.S. Senate that seeks to restore womens' access to employer-covered contraception. The bill was defeated this week but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he plans to bring it up later this year.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:51:09 +0000 Jessica Jones 39228 at http://wunc.org U.S. Senator Kay Hagan Criticizes State Legislature Police In NC Could Start Tracking License Plates On State Highways http://wunc.org/post/police-nc-could-start-tracking-license-plates-state-highways <p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:28:08 +0000 Jorge Valencia 39123 at http://wunc.org Police In NC Could Start Tracking License Plates On State Highways N.C. Senate Lawmakers Unveil Details Of Medicaid Plan http://wunc.org/post/nc-senate-lawmakers-unveil-details-medicaid-plan <p>Lawmakers in the North Carolina Senate have proposed a plan that sheds more light on how they’d like to manage the state's Medicaid program. But it differs significantly from plans put forward by the House and by Governor Pat McCrory. The Senate’s proposal would allow hospital and doctor-led health plans to see Medicaid patients as well as managed care plans run by insurance companies.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:17:39 +0000 Jessica Jones 39110 at http://wunc.org N.C. Senate Lawmakers Unveil Details Of Medicaid Plan