Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Mayor, Citizens Talk Affordable Housing; CMS Budget; Panthers

Apr 13, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

On the Local News Roundup, Mayor Vi Lyles seeks $50 million in bonds for affordable housing.  CMS unveils a $1.5 billion budget request that includes teacher pay raises and money to harden schools.  Mike Collins gets reaction to that, an update on the sale of the Panthers and to Senator Lindsay Graham’s question to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg about his company being a monopoly.

Clockwise from top left: Erik Spanberg; Ann Doss Helms; David Boraks; Kirstin Garriss

On this edition of the local news roundup…

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox presented his proposed budget for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools this week, with an extra $40 million requested from the county for teacher pay raises and security measures like bullet proof doors. We'll go over the $1.5 billion proposed budget and hear what school board members thought.

Mayor Vi Lyles increased focus on her affordable housing priorities this week as she announced that she plans to seek $50 million in affordable housing bonds this fall. That followed Monday's city council meeting where concerned citizens spoke about problems with affordable housing in Charlotte and urged the city to act.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in Washington this week. While there, he was questioned by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. What was Zuckerberg’s response to Senator Graham’s question  about a monopoly? 

Bank of America says it will no longer lend money to gun manufacturers that make military-inspired firearms for civilian use. We discuss reaction to that announcement.

And the latest on the Panther sale—who’s still in, who’s out, and when a sale might actually occur.

Those stories and much more with Mike Collins and the roundup reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, the Charlotte Observer

David Boraks, WFAE News

Kirstin Garriss, Spectrum News

Erik Spanberg, the Charlotte Business Journal