Governor Pat McCrory http://wunc.org en Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway' http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-budget-stalemate-were-making-headway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Governor Pat McCrory says that he and Republican leaders are making headway on resolving differences over the state budget.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He made an unusual visit to the legislature Thursday where he says he touched base and continued dialogue</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with lawmakers. </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he spent more than an hour and a half talking with Senate leaders this week.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:18:56 +0000 Reema Khrais 39578 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway' Governor McCrory Signs Bill To Rework Common Core http://wunc.org/post/governor-mccrory-signs-bill-rework-common-core <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Pat McCrory has signed a bill designed to review and potentially replace the Common Core academic standards.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McCrory referred to the bill as a “Common Core review bill,” despite lawmakers who say that the legislation will work to replace the standards.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:45:22 +0000 Reema Khrais 39439 at http://wunc.org Governor McCrory Signs Bill To Rework Common Core Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-spend-least-another-week-state-budget <p>House and Senate leaders are back in Raleigh today to try to resolve large differences in their spending plans for the year.&nbsp;</p><p>They're now two weeks past their deadline, as they've been at odds over how much to pay teachers and at what cost. Senators want to give large raises of about 11 percent, but they would pay for them in part by cutting more than 6,000 teacher assistants.&nbsp;</p><p>House leaders have been adamant about providing more modest raises without laying off any educators or impacting the state's Medicaid health insurance program.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:07:22 +0000 Reema Khrais 38938 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget 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 Iron Man 3, Hunger Games, Homeland, And The Tax Incentives To Film Them In NC http://wunc.org/post/iron-man-3-hunger-games-homeland-and-tax-incentives-film-them-nc <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>North Carolina could see fewer hits like Iron Man 3 or Homeland filmed in the state. That’s because tax incentives that encourage the film industry to make movies here are set to expire in January. Some lawmakers are trying to pass a measure that would give grants to the film industry to keep production companies here. But while budget negotiations are underway, time is running out to pass legislation.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:31:27 +0000 Jorge Valencia 38020 at http://wunc.org Iron Man 3, Hunger Games, Homeland, And The Tax Incentives To Film Them In NC NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil http://wunc.org/post/nc-lawmakers-approve-bill-legalize-therapeutic-marijuana-oil <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow the use of a marijuana oil to help treat childhood seizures.</p><p>Researchers say the hemp oil extract, known as cannabidiol&nbsp;(CBD),&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">is not psychoactive and would be used to treat only debilitating seizure disorders.</span></p><p>Several lawmakers, like Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford), showed their support for the bill by relating their experiences of having family members with epilepsy.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:34:45 +0000 WUNC News 37997 at http://wunc.org NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil 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 Governor Says Lawmakers Have Budget Differences http://wunc.org/post/governor-says-lawmakers-have-budget-differences <p>Gov. Pat McCrory says he and budget negotiators in the state House and Senate have serious differences over Medicaid budget forecasts and education spending. He spoke with reporters on Monday, saying he was taking precautions in case lawmakers aren't able to put together a budget before July 1st.&nbsp;<br /> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:55:27 +0000 Jessica Jones 37785 at http://wunc.org Governor Says Lawmakers Have Budget Differences Governor Pat McCrory Discusses His First Two Years, Teacher Pay, And Higher Education http://wunc.org/post/governor-pat-mccrory-discusses-his-first-two-years-teacher-pay-and-higher-education <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Pat McCrory is relatively new to Raleigh but is an old hand at politics.</p><p>He was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 1989. He went on to serve for fourteen years as the mayor of North Carolina’s largest city.&nbsp; McCrory first ran for governor against Beverly Perdue, but lost in 2008.&nbsp;</p><p>Four years later, he ran again, and won. It was the first time since Reconstruction that North Carolina had both a Republican governor and GOP majorities in both houses.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 37604 at http://wunc.org Governor Pat McCrory Discusses His First Two Years, Teacher Pay, And Higher Education