Politics & Government
9:55 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

House Tentatively Passes 21 Billion Dollar Budget

House lawmakers begin their second to last day of the short session.
Credit Jessica Jones

Lawmakers in the state House have tentatively passed a 21 billion dollar budget adjustment for this fiscal year. It would give teachers average 7 percent raises at a cost of 282 million dollars. Republicans say the spending plan is sustainable. But Democrats in the House are asking whether the combination of pay raises and this year’s lower tax rates will be sustainable over the long term. 

Leaders in the House began debating the budget conference report at 10 a.m. today. Appropriations Chair Nelson Dollar began by presenting what the bill stands for.

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Politics & Government
9:46 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Gov. McCrory: 'I Do Not Need To Veto This Budget, I'll Sign It'

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Governor Pat McCrory says he approves of the legislature's spending plan for state and will sign the bill.

The Senate already passed the $21 billion budget bill today and the House will likely approve it Saturday morning.

Governor Pat McCrory touted the budget proposal at a press conference on Friday.

“We've got a 2.2 percent increase in the general fund budget with no tax increase, with teacher pay raises, no elimination of teachers assistants and we've kept the integrity of our Medicaid, I'm proud of it,” he said.

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Politics & Government
9:43 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

NC General Assembly Week In Review: Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives

As part of a budget deal struck by the North Carolina General Assembly, lawmakers approved a $10 million grant program form movie and television production studios to film in North Carolina. In 2012, Comedy Central's the Daily Show broadcast from Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention.
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As North Carolina lawmakers are wrapping their “short” legislative session, which dragged on more than a month longer than they’d originally anticipated, they struck a deal on a plan to raise public school teacher pay. They also agreed to replace the state’s expiring credits for movie and television companies with a more modest grant package.

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Business & Economy
12:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday From Texas To Maryland, But Not In NC

All the states surrounding North Carolina have a Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.
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This weekend would normally be North Carolina’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.  But that ended last year.  The state Retail Merchants Association is asking business owners to track sales anyway.

The state legislature’s argument for doing away with the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was it cost North Carolina $13 million dollars in lost sales tax revenue.

But supporters of the popular sales tax holiday say consumers saved $13 million dollars.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Fri August 1, 2014

New Budget Nearly In Place

Credit Dave DeWitt

  

The General Assembly’s budget proposal is headed to the state House after a late night in the Senate. 

Senators passed the $21 billion spending plan around 1:00 a.m. and then adjourned for the session. But they left some bills on the table, including a plan to clean up Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds and a proposal to overhaul Medicaid.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with WUNC capitol reporter Jorge Valencia and WUNC's education policy reporter, Reema Khrais, about the conclusion of the short session.

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The State of Things
11:44 am
Fri August 1, 2014

What Five Towns Named Milton Tell Us About America

A constellation of Miltons around the country.
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A preview of the performance project MILTON

  There are more than 20 towns and cities in the United States named Milton—from the 200-person Milton, North Carolina, to the 25,000-person suburb of Boston called Milton, Massachusetts.

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State of Things
11:12 am
Fri August 1, 2014

The Rosebuds Bloom

The Rosebuds is Kelly Crisp (left) and Ivan Howard (right)
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For more than a decade, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp have played together as the musical duo The Rosebuds. The pair’s sentimental grooves endure on their new album, Sand + Silence, as they pay homage to their North Carolina home.

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Politics & Government
8:31 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Senators Pass Budget, But Will Return For Coal Ash, Medicaid

Credit Dave DeWitt

After a 15-hour day at the legislature, Senators voted this morning to pass the $21.3 billion state spending plan. 

Senators didn't leave the legislative building until about 1 a.m. They were determined to make a final vote on the budget and wrap up any loose ends before heading home. 

But they'll be back soon enough. They're expected to return in a couple of weeks to take up any possible vetoes from the Governor. Then, they'll be back in November to pick up at least two bills they didn't finish. 

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Politics & Government
8:27 am
Fri August 1, 2014

A Road Repair Shortcut Could Be A Budget Perk For The Governor

A budget provision could give the governor power to bypass the permitting process to repair damaged roads on the Outer Banks.
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A provision in the proposed budget deal would allow the governor to bypass environmental reviews for road projects along the coast.

It indicates that during a state of emergency, the governor could issue an executive order to waive the required environmental permits to replace state highways along the Atlantic.

The provision is said to be a recourse for municipalities whose sole access to the mainland is a state highway.

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Final Days Of The Short Session

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  After an extra month of negotiations, state lawmakers have agreed on a budget for the next fiscal year. 

The $21 billion proposal makes compromises between House and Senate leaders on teacher pay and Medicaid spending. But other issues outside of the budget remain. Lawmakers still have to consider a Medicaid reform bill, local sales taxes changes and environmental protection regulations.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones about the General Assembly’s short session.

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