State Budget en North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this month, we </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">discussed</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> some of the issues going on in the state legislature, but just barely scratched the surface in our discussion about taxes, Moral Mondays, and the negative national attention our state government is receiving these days. On this edition of Charlotte Talks, we'll gather political reporters and experts to talk about what's been going on since, in the final days of the legislative session. We'll cover the budget and some of the budget items that are raising eyebrows around the state like cuts in education and the closing of prisons around the state, and we'll talk about tax reform, the election bill, and Medicaid changes. Join us for that discussion, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 31974 at North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup North Carolina Senate Begins Discussing $20.6 Billion Spending Plan <p>Republicans in the North Carolina Senate have proposed a $20.6 billion budget for next year.&nbsp; That’s essentially the same size as Governor Pat McCrory’s proposal. Spending in major categories would be mostly flat except for health and human services and natural and economic resources.&nbsp; However, Medicaid spending would grow 11 percent compared to this year.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Senate’s Plan For Education</strong></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 23:24:27 +0000 Lisa Miller 27686 at Charlotte Ranks Third In Nation For Funding Pensions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte is ranked third in the nation for paying its bills on time. Not just any bills – pension bills. That's according to a new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts. They found that the country's largest cities have an unpaid tab of </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">more than $200 billion</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when it comes to retirement benefits promised to employees. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:09:45 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 19657 at Charlotte Ranks Third In Nation For Funding Pensions