Legislature http://wfae.org en Treating Teachers As Charity? Lieutenant Gov. Calls For Donations http://wfae.org/post/treating-teachers-charity-lieutenant-gov-calls-donations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You may have heard the governor released a plan Wednesday for boosting teacher pay. But there was a second teacher pay announcement by Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. His proposal would give people the chance to pay for higher teacher salaries, not through their taxes, but through donations.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 11:35:33 +0000 Lisa Miller 50574 at http://wfae.org Treating Teachers As Charity? Lieutenant Gov. Calls For Donations NC Legislators Answer Citizens' Questions In Public Forum http://wfae.org/post/nc-legislators-answer-citizens-questions-public-forum <p>Voter ID, changes in education, the debate over Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and more - the most recent North Carolina legislative session has been historically active. Whether you endorse the Republican-led agenda or reject it, many citizens have questions for our legislators. Charlotte Talks joined forces with The Charlotte Observer and WTVI&nbsp;to present a public forum. North Carolina Legislators from Mecklenburg County answered citizen questions about some of the most important issues facing today. We air that conversation, when Charlotte Talks.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 34285 at http://wfae.org NC Legislators Answer Citizens' Questions In Public Forum 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 Stop The 'Power Grab,' Activists Urge McCrory http://wfae.org/post/stop-power-grab-activists-urge-mccrory <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several environmental activists were in front of the Mecklenburg County Government Center Thursday to speak out on</span><a href="http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S10v3.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> Senate Bill 10</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The legislation would fire all current members of many regulatory boards – including the Utilities Commission – and give the governor and lawmakers the power to appoint new members. </span>Gerrick<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brenner of Progress North Carolina calls the bill a power grab. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 21463 at http://wfae.org Stop The 'Power Grab,' Activists Urge McCrory Regions Bank Ends Payday Loans In NC http://wfae.org/post/regions-bank-ends-payday-loans-nc <p></p><p>Regions Bank, based in Birmingham, Alabama has been using a federal banking law to provide payday lending services, even though these types of loans are illegal in North Carolina.</p><p>But the bank recently announced that it will no longer offer its payday lending service to North Carolina residents because of the small number of eligible customers for the product in the state.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since 2001, payday lending shops have been illegal in North Carolina. But that law doesn't apply to banks that are based outside the state.</span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:31:02 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 20374 at http://wfae.org Regions Bank Ends Payday Loans In NC Expect Republicans To Keep Control Of General Assembly http://wfae.org/post/expect-republicans-keep-control-general-assembly <p>Along with the various congressional races that could help the GOP keep control of the U.S. House, there are many state legislative races in which districts were redrawn to benefit the party in power.</p><p>One way to classify these new districts is to use the <a href="http://cookpolitical.com/story/4937">partisan voting index</a> system developed by Charlie Cook, of the Cook Political Report in Washington, to classify U.S. House seats.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 02:41:23 +0000 Michael Bitzer 14910 at http://wfae.org Expect Republicans To Keep Control Of General Assembly