Senate Budget http://wunc.org en 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 Gov. McCrory And NC House Leaders Try To Speed Up Budget Talks With Education Plan http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-and-nc-house-leaders-try-speed-budget-talks-education-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State House Republicans are teaming up with Governor Pat McCrory to help speed up slow budget talks. Legislators are supposed to make adjustments to the two-year state budget by July </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but progress has been sluggish. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Representatives say they want to at least pass a scaled-down spending plan that focuses on teacher pay. It would give teachers an average five-percent raise without relying on funds from the lottery.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:39:56 +0000 Reema Khrais 37947 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory And NC House Leaders Try To Speed Up Budget Talks With Education Plan 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 NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, June 16 http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-stories-we-re-following-week-monday-june-16 <p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:42:50 +0000 Jorge Valencia 37329 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, June 16 House Budget Proposes Looking To Lottery Sales To Pay For Teacher Raises http://wunc.org/post/house-budget-proposes-looking-lottery-sales-pay-teacher-raises <div><p>State House Republicans released a proposed budget on Tuesday that is significantly different than the Senate's spending plan in terms of education. House leaders say they want to give all public school teachers raises without making them give up their job protections.</p><p>They're also looking to pull from lottery money to pay for those raises, instead of making cuts to public education.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:21:04 +0000 Reema Khrais 37049 at http://wunc.org House Budget Proposes Looking To Lottery Sales To Pay For Teacher Raises School Leaders Say Possible Cuts To DPI Could Hurt Classrooms http://wunc.org/post/school-leaders-say-possible-cuts-dpi-could-hurt-classrooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">School leaders across the state say proposed cuts to the Department of Public Instruction would hurt North Carolina classrooms.</span></p><p>The Senate’s spending plan would slash DPI’s budget by 30-percent. Several school administrators say they rely on the department to help run their schools. It helps out with recruiting and evaluating teachers, and offering professional development.</p><p>Mike Dunsmore, superintendent of Tyrell County, says his district is the smallest in the state. It serves about 550 students.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 02:04:39 +0000 Reema Khrais 36724 at http://wunc.org School Leaders Say Possible Cuts To DPI Could Hurt Classrooms Senate Gives Final Approval To Budget Plan http://wunc.org/post/senate-gives-final-approval-budget-plan <p>The state Senate has passed a $21.2 billion dollar spending plan that offers big raises for teachers if they forego tenure protections. It also eliminates many teaching assistant positions. Last night, senators amended the budget to take out a provision recommending UNC study closing Elizabeth City State University. They also created a scholarship fund for teaching assistants.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 31 May 2014 12:10:53 +0000 Jessica Jones 36475 at http://wunc.org Senate Gives Final Approval To Budget Plan 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 The Budget, The Tax Code, And Moral Mondays http://wunc.org/post/budget-tax-code-and-moral-mondays <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">State lawmakers have less than six weeks to construct and pass a budget before the beginning of the next fiscal year.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">The Senate released its spending plan last night, providing raises for teachers in return for sacrificing tenure.&nbsp;The General Assembly is also considering an overhaul to the tax code. </span></font></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:46:51 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 36356 at http://wunc.org The Budget, The Tax Code, And Moral Mondays 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