Government http://wunc.org en 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 Sunshine Week Inspires Dialogue About Open Government http://wunc.org/post/sunshine-week-inspires-dialogue-about-open-government <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">This week is&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.sunshineweek.org/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Sunshine Week</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">, a time when newsmakers and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">advocates push for increased transparency in government. North Carolina public records law gives citizens and journalists equal access to information and mandates that all requests be responded to "as promptly as possible."</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:22:32 +0000 Anita Rao & Phoebe Judge 32327 at http://wunc.org Sunshine Week Inspires Dialogue About Open Government Do You Live In North Or South Carolina? Some Aren't Sure http://wunc.org/post/do-you-live-north-or-south-carolina-some-arent-sure <p></p><p>Imagine that you've lived in North Carolina, near the South Carolina line, for generations. Maybe your grandfather worked the land, your father too, and now you. And one day, a state official comes to your door tell you that you actually live in South Carolina. You'll need to change your driver's license. Rather than Governor Pat McCrory, you will now be paying attention to what Governor Nikki Haley is proposing. You've become a Sandlapper, not a Tar Heel.</p><p>That's exactly what is happening now.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:16:05 +0000 Carol Jackson & Phoebe Judge 31789 at http://wunc.org Do You Live In North Or South Carolina? Some Aren't Sure Former Ambassador Weighs In On American Foreign Policy http://wunc.org/post/former-ambassador-weighs-american-foreign-policy <p></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">From 2009 to 2011,</span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Karl Eikenberry served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan where he worked to stabilize the country and build a stronger foundation for democracy.</span></font></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:10:04 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31672 at http://wunc.org Former Ambassador Weighs In On American Foreign Policy NC Department Of Transportation Won’t Give Local Governments More Input On Project Planning http://wunc.org/post/nc-department-transportation-won-t-give-local-governments-more-input-project-planning <p>The State Board of Transportation reiterated on Thursday its decision to lower local governments' voice on spending state transportation dollars.</p><p>The 19-member board voted unanimously to split localites' input on projects with the analysis of state transportation engineers who oversee the department's 14 divisions, said chairman Ned Curran.&nbsp;</p><p>“I just can’t accept that one party has better knowledge than the division engineer because this is what division engineers do for a living,” Curran said.</p><p>A law proposed and passed by the state legislature this year, called the Strategic Mobility Formula, said the Department of Transportation's analysis would account for 70 percent of the decision on regional projects and 50 percent on local projects. Local input -- including views from metropolitan planning organizations and elected officials -- would account for the remaining 30 and 50 percent.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:50:01 +0000 Jorge Valencia 25523 at http://wunc.org NC Department Of Transportation Won’t Give Local Governments More Input On Project Planning