North Carolina budget http://wfae.org en Are Safe Political Seats Behind The Budget Impasse? http://wfae.org/post/are-safe-political-seats-behind-budget-impasse <p></p><p>Imagine the nasty notes you’d receive if you were four weeks late on your rent or mortgage.</p><p>If a pregnancy went four weeks long doctors would induce labor.</p><p>But if you’re a lawmaker, or a whole group of them in Raleigh, and your budget is four weeks late as of today, well…</p><p>So what is taking the pressure off lawmakers to get a budget deal done?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unless you’ve spent your summer on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson you know the issues holding up the budget are teacher pay, teaching assistants and Medicaid payments.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:46:02 +0000 Tom Bullock 55395 at http://wfae.org Are Safe Political Seats Behind The Budget Impasse? Seventh Time The Charm? NC Senate Offers Latest Deal On Budget http://wfae.org/post/seventh-time-charm-nc-senate-offers-latest-deal-budget <p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:37:52 +0000 Tom Bullock 54970 at http://wfae.org Seventh Time The Charm? NC Senate Offers Latest Deal On Budget NC Budget Stalemate Enters Third Week http://wfae.org/post/nc-budget-stalemate-enters-third-week <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The stalemate over North Carolina’s budget enters its third week. Some progress has been made in the negotiations. But at a committee meeting Monday leaders of the House showed just how far they are from a deal with their Senate counterparts.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:52:12 +0000 Tom Bullock 54943 at http://wfae.org NC Budget Stalemate Enters Third Week As Statehouse Rhetoric Escalates, What's Next in Budget Battle? http://wfae.org/post/statehouse-rhetoric-escalates-whats-next-budget-battle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on revisions to the state’s budget, &nbsp;including how much to raise teacher pay and how to fund those increases. As the rhetoric increased last week, budget negotiators in the state Senate walked out of a meeting with House leaders. Gov. McCrory then vowed to veto anything resembling the Senate's latest budget proposal. &nbsp;<br /><br />During an appearance Monday on WFAE's <em><a href="http://wfae.org/post/governor-pat-mccrory-0">Charlotte Talks</a>​</em>, McCrory&nbsp;chided Senate leaders for not listening to teachers and other educators including CMS Superintendent &nbsp;Heath Morrison, whom House leaders had invited to address lawmakers. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">M</span>cCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;went on to note that educators were on hand to support the unveiling of the House budget plan, which the governor backs, but were absent when Senators proposed their version of the budget. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WRAL-TV&nbsp;Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie has seen many budget battles in Raleigh and shared some observations on the current negotiations.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:07:40 +0000 Mark Rumsey 54913 at http://wfae.org As Statehouse Rhetoric Escalates, What's Next in Budget Battle? Gov. McCrory Supports 6 Percent Raise For Teachers http://wfae.org/post/gov-mccrory-supports-6-percent-raise-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 http://wfae.org Possible Breakthrough In State Budget Impass http://wfae.org/post/possible-breakthrough-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 http://wfae.org Possible Breakthrough In State Budget Impass Happy Fiscal New Year! Do We Have Anything To Celebrate Yet? http://wfae.org/post/happy-fiscal-new-year-do-we-have-anything-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 http://wfae.org Happy Fiscal New Year! Do We Have Anything To Celebrate Yet? Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate http://wfae.org/post/budgets-passed-haggling-begins-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 http://wfae.org Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup http://wfae.org/post/north-carolina-budget-and-end-session-roundup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this month, we </span><a href="http://www.wfae.org/post/north-carolina-political-roundup" 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 http://wfae.org North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup State Budget Means Cutbacks For CMS Teacher Assistants http://wfae.org/post/state-budget-means-cutbacks-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 http://wfae.org State Budget Means Cutbacks For CMS Teacher Assistants