Senate Budget

Education
4:15 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Wright School Faces Budget Axe

The Wright School's future hangs in the balance.
Credit Wright School

Lawmakers will make many choices when they decide on a final state budget in the coming days. One of them will be whether or not to keep open the Wright School, a residential facility in Durham that treats children from across the state who have serious emotional and behavioral disorders.

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Education
1:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Teachers Brace For Budget Cuts

Teachers are unlikely to see a salary increase when the final state budget is negotiated.
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As leaders in state government haggle over what to include – or not include – in the final budget, teachers across North Carolina are concerned about their jobs and their salaries. 

Teacher salaries in North Carolina have not moved much in recent years. Most of that has been due to the recession. But as other states begin to increase teacher salaries as the economy improves, North Carolina has cut teacher salaries by more than 15 percent.

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Politics & Government
3:29 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Pre-K Hangs In Balance As Budget Negotiations Start

State Lawmakers are considering cuts to the state's Pre-K programs.
Credit Wake Smart Start

Republican leaders in the legislature are getting ready to hash out their own versions of the state budget. And the House, Senate and Governor’s version are quite different when it comes to pre-K.

North Carolina has long been praised for its commitment to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. But all three of the current budgets make cuts to those programs, to varying degrees.

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

What Will Happen To North Carolina's Tax Code?

Photo of the State Senate Chamber
Credit Dave DeWitt

Host Frank Stasio talks to a panel of experts about possible changes to the tax code

Benjamin Franklin famously said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."  But in the North Carolina legislature, three competing plans seek to reform the tax code, and the future of these plans is all but certain.  Two bills are waiting in the Senate Finance Committee. One bill passed the House yesterday and will move to the Senate.

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Health
9:08 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Mental Health Spending A Point Of Debate In State Budgets

The state Senate's budget would require doctors to get permission to prescribe certain drugs for mental health patients.
Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

Differences in state budget proposals are prompting mental health advocates to rally for more spending on group homes and treatment. 

Gov. Pat McCrory's budget increases spending on mental health by about 2 percent over the next two years.  But the state Senate's plan cuts about 3 percent. 

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

How Will The North Carolina Budget Impact The State?

North Carolina Senate
Credit Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC / www.flickr.com/photos/statelibrarync/8634329145/

A discussion on the State budget

Host Frank Stasio will speak with North Carolina reporters and Senator Josh Stein about the budget and how it will impact the Triangle, Western and Coastal North Carolina. Jessica Jones is WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief; Democratic Senator Josh Stein represents Wake County; Kirk Ross is a contributing reporter for Carolina Public Press and a policy adviser to the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

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