General Assembly http://wfae.org en Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward http://wfae.org/post/fast-tracked-bipartisan-nc-bill-pushes-water-lawsuits-forward <p>A new North Carolina law could allow two water contamination lawsuits to go forward, after they were stymied by a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:34:39 +0000 Ben Bradford 53550 at http://wfae.org Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward Airport 'Clarity' Bill Passes Legislature http://wfae.org/post/airport-clarity-bill-passes-legislature <p>The state legislature has successfully passed another effort to wrest Charlotte Douglas airport from City Council control.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:17:06 +0000 Ben Bradford 53127 at http://wfae.org Airport 'Clarity' Bill Passes Legislature NC And Climate Change, Part 1: Republican Leaders Stop Preparation http://wfae.org/post/nc-and-climate-change-part-1-republican-leaders-stop-preparation <p>North Carolina has a complicated relationship with climate change. The state was one of the first to consider its impacts and possible responses, but today—as reports like the National Climate Assessment issue ever more dire warnings—few policies are in place to adapt. In the first of a three part series, WFAE&nbsp;explores the shift.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 51787 at http://wfae.org NC And Climate Change, Part 1: Republican Leaders Stop Preparation Governor's Budget Includes Teacher Pay Raises, Cuts To UNC System http://wfae.org/post/governors-budget-includes-teacher-pay-raises-cuts-unc-system <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Pat McCrory rolled out his proposed budget today as the General Assembly’s short session got underway.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is a very serious budget. It’s a tough budget, but it’s a budget that's concentrating on our priorities," said McCrory. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As promised, it includes pay raises for all state employees, additional money for pre-kindergarten, and hiring back a few environmental inspectors. But all of that comes with a cost.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 23:26:20 +0000 Lisa Miller 50946 at http://wfae.org Governor's Budget Includes Teacher Pay Raises, Cuts To UNC System Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives On General Assembly Docket http://wfae.org/post/teacher-pay-coal-ash-film-incentives-general-assembly-docket <p>Lawmakers are back in Raleigh today for the start of the General Assembly’s short session. And they’re not letting the short time frame keep them from tackling major changes. Republican leaders are considering more tax cuts, how to boost teacher pay, handle coal ash, whether to continue incentives for film, and much more. WFAE’s Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what to expect.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Ben Bradford, Lisa Miller & Kevin Kniestedt 50876 at http://wfae.org Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives On General Assembly Docket What's the Likelihood of Teacher Raises This Year? http://wfae.org/post/whats-likelihood-teacher-raises-year <p></p><p align="left">Raising teacher salaries is something Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers have agreed is a priority this year. The plan is to boost base pay to $35,000 over two years for teachers in their first ten years on the job. That amounts to raises of $500 to $4,200.&nbsp; But as legislators begin crafting a budget, they say there may not be enough money to do all of that.&nbsp;</p><p align="left">WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins me now to discuss the likelihood of teacher raises this year.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:39:17 +0000 Lisa Miller & Kevin Kniestedt 50178 at http://wfae.org What's the Likelihood of Teacher Raises This Year? NC Republican Redistricting Deters Legislative Opponents http://wfae.org/post/nc-republican-redistricting-deters-legislative-opponents <p>If you don’t like what your elected leaders are doing, you have recourse in the next election. You can kick ’em out of office.</p><p>But that’s hardly a reality in 2014 when it comes to the North Carolina General Assembly. More than half of the 170 House and Senate seats will be decided in the May primary because they have no opposition in the general election. So, we are pretty much assured there being no significant changes in the Republicans’ veto-proof majority.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:25:51 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 47358 at http://wfae.org MeckLINK Nearing Its End http://wfae.org/post/mecklink-nearing-its-end <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners are poised to give up the county’s new mental health agency, MeckLINK, less than a year after it opened for business. The state is forcing their hand.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:19:06 +0000 Ben Bradford 38269 at http://wfae.org MeckLINK Nearing Its End Accounting Tricks Keep MeckLINK In The Black, Out Of State Hands http://wfae.org/post/accounting-tricks-keep-mecklink-black-out-state-hands <p>In the waning moments of a year-long battle with the state over its mental health services agency, MeckLINK, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners has approved some accounting tricks to maintain its leverage over the agency’s fate.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:23:19 +0000 Ben Bradford 37477 at http://wfae.org Accounting Tricks Keep MeckLINK In The Black, Out Of State Hands Lawmakers Push Ban On Islamic Law In Family Court http://wfae.org/post/lawmakers-push-ban-islamic-law-family-court <p><em>UPDATE: The North Carolina House concurred on the bill, sending it to Governor Pat McCrory for his signature.</em></p><p>For months now, Republican lawmakers in Raleigh have been pushing to ban North Carolina courts from enforcing “Islamic law,” or Shariah. Last week, the state Senate passed the latest bill with this aim. But, do courts really enforce Shariah, or any foreign laws, in their decisions? Where did this bill come from? And, what effect would the law have? WFAE's Ben Bradford takes a look.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:49:31 +0000 Ben Bradford 32034 at http://wfae.org