Budget http://wunc.org en 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 Governor And House Leaders Endorse Secondary Budget http://wunc.org/post/governor-and-house-leaders-endorse-secondary-budget <p></p><p>Governor Pat McCrory and leaders in the state House have released a bill that would serve as a scaled-down budget proposal. The move is meant to shake up a slow budget process.<br /><br />House Budget Appropriations Chair Nelson Dollar explained Senate Bill 3 to a packed conference room earlier today. Dollar said among other things, the measure would give teachers an average five-percent pay raise and state employees a $1,000 raise plus benefits.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:44:10 +0000 Jessica Jones 37935 at http://wunc.org Governor And House Leaders Endorse Secondary Budget Teachers, Supporters Drop Off 300 Pound Petition To Lawmakers http://wunc.org/post/teachers-supporters-drop-300-pound-petition-lawmakers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A group of teachers and supporters dropped off a 61,000-signature petition to lawmakers on Thursday, demanding pay raises that do not result in destructive cuts to public education.</p><p>They carried the 14 heavy and large cardboard boxes to the offices of Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis, who are currently leading the efforts to raise teacher pay.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:41:13 +0000 Reema Khrais 37606 at http://wunc.org Teachers, Supporters Drop Off 300 Pound Petition To Lawmakers NC General Assembly Summary: Tuesday, June 10 http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-summary-tuesday-june-10 <p>The House of Representatives has been busy working on a budget plan for the state and other large pieces of legislation. Here's a summary of the days news from the State Capitol:</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:27:28 +0000 Jorge Valencia 37047 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Summary: Tuesday, June 10 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 NC Bill Would Trim Funding For School Buses http://wunc.org/post/nc-bill-would-trim-funding-school-buses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers are considering a bill that would reduce funds for school buses over the next five years.&nbsp;</p><p>The House bill would limit the number of spare buses and their replacement parts, while revising the state inspection process for school bus maintenance.</p><p>The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Julia Howard (R-Davie, Forsyth), says the legislation would make school bus operations more efficient, while saving about $19 million in recurring funds over the years.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:32:17 +0000 Reema Khrais 36256 at http://wunc.org NC Bill Would Trim Funding For School Buses Baby Boomers Worry About Their Nest Egg http://wunc.org/post/baby-boomers-worry-about-their-nest-egg <p></p><p>Baby Boomers have less financial security in retirement than their parents did. That's according to a PNC Financial survey.</p><p></p><p>The company recently surveyed about 1,200 adults across the country and found that half of retirees are worried about running out of money.</p><p></p><p>Kathy Kraeblen is a senior wealth advisor for PNC in Raleigh. She said previous generation had a combination of a pension, social security and better savings habits, and they didn't live as long. But, Kraeblin said, Boomers can still learn to budget and re-adjust their investments.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:54:11 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 34634 at http://wunc.org Baby Boomers Worry About Their Nest Egg Tar Heel State In Bottom-Third Nationally For Financial Literacy; What We're Doing About It http://wunc.org/post/tar-heel-state-bottom-third-nationally-financial-literacy-what-were-doing-about-it <p></p><p>Banks, businesses and non-profits are joining forces to help North Carolianians take control of their money.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-financially-literate-states/3337/">A report from the finance web site WalletHub</a> found that the Tar Heel State ranks in the bottom-third nationally for financial literacy.</p><p></p><p>Jan Dillon is the director of the new North Carolina Center for Financial Literacy. &nbsp;She said financial literacy is knowing the skills to live comfortably within one's means, like budgeting, saving and planning.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:34:57 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 34437 at http://wunc.org Tar Heel State In Bottom-Third Nationally For Financial Literacy; What We're Doing About It U.S. House Reaches Bipartisan Budget Compromise http://wunc.org/post/us-house-reaches-bipartisan-budget-compromise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Yesterday the United States House of Representatives reached a two-year budget agreement with concessions on both sides.</p><p>The GOP doesn’t touch entitlements and the Democrats get no new taxes. Host Frank Stasio talks to <a href="http://news14.com/">News Channel 14’s </a>Washington reporter Geoffrey Bennett, and Scott Mooneyham, editor for<a href="http://www.ncinsider.com/"> NC Insider</a>.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:50:49 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 27352 at http://wunc.org U.S. House Reaches Bipartisan Budget Compromise N.C. Lawmaker Thinks Budget Comprise Is Too Small To Signal Change In Washington http://wunc.org/post/nc-lawmaker-thinks-budget-comprise-too-small-signal-change-washington <p></p><p>Rep. David Price (D-NC) plans to vote for the budget agreement, proposed on Wednesday by representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA). Though he's not convinced it will be enough in the long run.</p><p>"It's hard to imagine sequestration looming over us for ten years," said Price.&nbsp; "We are going to need to do something bigger and ambitious at some point."</p><p>"It does not necessarily mean we're on our way to larger agreements," Price added.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:24:00 +0000 Eric Mennel 27236 at http://wunc.org N.C. Lawmaker Thinks Budget Comprise Is Too Small To Signal Change In Washington