Politics & Government
6:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Lawmakers Speed Through Thursday At The Legislature

Credit NCGA

State lawmakers in Raleigh were moving at lightning speed today. Senate budget writers explained their budget plan to lawmakers. A bill abolishing privilege taxes made its way to the governor (who has now signed it.) And the House gave final approval to a fracking bill.

Senate budget writers spent all morning explaining the finer points of their plan to a packed audience. It would give 11 percent raises to teachers who forego tenure protections, and cut teacher assistants in the second and third grades.

In the House, lawmakers approved a measure that would speed up fracking in the state. It now goes back to the Senate for a final vote. House lawmakers also approved the Senate's version of a wide-ranging tax bill that would abolish privilege taxes in 2015. The governor signed it this afternoon.