Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: State Budget Passed and Vetoed; HB 514 Opposition Continues

Jun 8, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018

Opposition and legal threats continue even after legislation is passed allowing Mecklenburg County towns to use property taxes to operate their own charter schools.  The state budget is passed, and vetoed by Governor Cooper.  Teachers took their concerns about pay to Raleigh last month, and this week they went to the County Commission to plead their case. Mike Collins and a roundtable of reporters sit down to discuss.  

Clockwise from top left: David Boraks, Erik Spanberg, Nick Ochsner, Ann Doss Helms

On this edition of the local news roundup…

CMS officials and local clergy are banding together to oppose North Carolina legislation that allows Matthews, Mint Hill, Cornelius and Huntersville to use property taxes to operate their own charter schools. House Bill 514 was passed this week, but the opposition is still fighting, saying that the legislation would allow the re-segregation of schools.

The State Budget was also passed by the legislature and promptly vetoed by Governor Cooper, citing a lack of funding for education, environmental funding and healthcare. The veto is expected to be overridden.

Another piece of legislation is at the state level- one that establishes a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence kits and would order testing for thousands of backlogged rape kits.

Teachers and parents spoke out at Monday’s County Commission meeting to lobby commissioners for higher pay for teachers in the coming fiscal year.  

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

Guests:

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE 

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer for the Charlotte Business Journal 

Nick Ochsner, WBTV news reporter