Senate http://wfae.org en Unified Statehouse Is Clearly Divided http://wfae.org/post/unified-statehouse-clearly-divided <p>The past few days have testified to the old political saying: there are two things you never want to watch being made — sausage and laws.&nbsp;</p><p>And in the attempts to pass a readjusted state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, the North Carolina General Assembly has also played into another old saying: Actions speak louder than words.</p><p>In trying to resolve their fundamental differences on the $21 billion state budget, the state House and Senate formed what is often referred to as the “third chamber” of legislatures: A conference committee.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:41:43 +0000 Michael Bitzer 54911 at http://wfae.org Unified Statehouse Is Clearly Divided Drivers Ed Courses Could Rise Under Senate Budget Plan http://wfae.org/post/drivers-ed-courses-could-rise-under-senate-budget-plan <p align="left">Teenagers and their families may have to shell out more for drivers education courses if a Senate plan to cut funding for that program goes through.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:30:22 +0000 Lisa Miller 53989 at http://wfae.org Drivers Ed Courses Could Rise Under Senate Budget Plan Lawmakers Tell Board That Reviews Charters To Change Its Mindset http://wfae.org/post/lawmakers-tell-board-reviews-charters-change-its-mindset <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Groups that want to open charter schools in North Carolina are reviewed by a board largely consisting of people who operate charters. That board was put in place to weed out the bad applications from the good. But it has been taking some heat lately. Some lawmakers think it may be doing too zealous a job partly because it only recommended a few charters this year.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 52986 at http://wfae.org Lawmakers Tell Board That Reviews Charters To Change Its Mindset CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises http://wfae.org/post/cms-teachers-parents-urge-commissioners-pay-raises <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mecklenburg County commissioners are weighing whether to give CMS employees a raise out of the county’s pocket be that by paying the district an extra $26.7 million or asking voters to approve a quarter cent sales tax. A few hundred teachers showed up to a public hearing last night to make their case.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:24:26 +0000 Lisa Miller 52743 at http://wfae.org CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises Report: US Airways Merger Could Increase Prices, Jeopardize Charlotte-Douglas http://wfae.org/post/report-us-airways-merger-could-increase-prices-jeopardize-charlotte-douglas <p>The merger of US Airways and American Airlines could have a greater impact than those airlines have previously stated, both on airline prices and on Charlotte’s status as a hub for US Airways traffic, according to a new government analysis of the merger.</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:23:42 +0000 Ben Bradford 29863 at http://wfae.org Report: US Airways Merger Could Increase Prices, Jeopardize Charlotte-Douglas North Carolina Senate Begins Discussing $20.6 Billion Spending Plan http://wfae.org/post/north-carolina-senate-begins-discussing-206-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 http://wfae.org McConnell Shoots An Airball http://wfae.org/post/mcconnell-shoots-airball <p>When introducing students to the idea of “politics,” I often use the idea of a “game”: think of politics with players, rules, teams, fields to play on, equipment, goals, strategies and objectives.</p><p>Most politicians describe their involvement in “game-like” ways as well. And sometimes their actions fit into game descriptors, and in that vein, a recent move by the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could be called a serious “air ball.”</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:55:57 +0000 Michael Bitzer 17243 at http://wfae.org McConnell Shoots An Airball