North Carolina budget en Gov. McCrory Supports 6 Percent Raise For Teachers <p>As state budget negotiations continued today in Raleigh, Governor Pat McCrory said he would support a House plan to give teachers an average six percent raise.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:56:36 +0000 Marshall Terry 54651 at Possible Breakthrough In State Budget Impass <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday North Carolina’s House and Senate made a major breakthrough on the state’s budget. There’s no finalized deal yet but one of the major issues looks to have been resolved.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:02:01 +0000 Tom Bullock 54122 at Possible Breakthrough In State Budget Impass Happy Fiscal New Year! Do We Have Anything To Celebrate Yet? <p>Today is July 1. The 182<sup>nd</sup> day of 2014. To most of us, it’s just another Tuesday. But to those North Carolinians more in tune with a fiscal calendar than a Gregorian one – state lawmakers, for example – today is also the first day of 2015. And that means the budget is passed and the short legislative session is over. Right?</p><p>Not so fast.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:25:45 +0000 Tom Bullock 54028 at Happy Fiscal New Year! Do We Have Anything To Celebrate Yet? Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael </span>Tomsic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:55:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Mark Rumsey 52878 at Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate 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 State Budget Means Cutbacks For CMS Teacher Assistants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will cut back the hours its teacher assistants work this year. That's one of several examples Superintendent Heath Morrison gave of how the state budget that passed Wednesday will impact the district.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The budget agreement state House and Senate leaders reached this week cuts funding for teacher assistants by about one-fifth ($120 million) this year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison said that will hurt students.</span></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:30:05 +0000 Michael Tomsic 32004 at State Budget Means Cutbacks For CMS Teacher Assistants N.C. Budget Agreement Closes Prisons <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina legislative leaders are budgeting for a smaller prison population. The budget agreement that the Senate and House are voting on this week would close five prisons.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina Director of Prisons George Solomon said it makes sense to close five prisons – there's plenty of room elsewhere.</span></p><p>"We have been running in excess somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1,500 vacant beds for the last couple years since our population has declined," Solomon said.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:44:28 +0000 Michael Tomsic 31913 at N.C. Budget Agreement Closes Prisons Gov. McCrory Leaves Tax Overhaul Out Of Budget <P>Governor Pat McCrory released his detailed plan Tuesday for how North Carolina should spend its money the next two years. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:59:54 +0000 Michael Tomsic 23657 at