NC budget

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC and one of North Carolina's loudest opponents of House Bill 2, is leaving his organization later this month.

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It's tax time in Raleigh. No, the General Assembly has not moved up your filing deadline, you've still got until April 15 to get your taxes done.

But this week Republican leaders in the North Carolina House and Senate did unveil their tax plans for this legislative session. Reporter Tom Bullock and Morning Edition host Marshall Terry discuss.

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For the first time, Governor Roy Cooper has laid out his priorities in an official budget proposal for the state. Overall he calls for increased spending, but there is notable exception. He wants to phase out North Carolina’s private school voucher program. 

North Carolina is one of just four states expecting to see a budget surplus this year. And it is a significant figure. The non-partisan state Fiscal Research Division projects 552 million extra dollars will flow into North Carolina’s coffers.

The budget debates are still months away. But one proposal for some of that extra money is up for a vote next week.

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There is a lot going on at the General Assembly today (Tuesday, June 28th).

Here’s what we can confirm, the North Carolina House and Senate have reached a deal on the state budget.

Here’s what we cannot confirm, reports of possible changes to House Bill 2.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey to talk about the latest news from the North Carolina General Assembly as it works to wrap up this year's legislative session.

North Carolina General Assembly building.
NC General Assembly

This week is a big week for the North Carolina General Assembly. The state’s fiscal year ends on Friday. But the budget still needs to be passed and lawmakers aren’t just working on that. The Senate today is expected to vote on a trio of amendments to the North Carolina constitution.  

WFAE’s Tom Bullock talks with Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry.

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Budgets are supposed to be focused on taxes and spending. But the North Carolina Senate has a reputation for sliding major policy changes into its spending plan. This year is no exception. It contains a plan for a major overhaul to a key water quality regulation. 

North Carolina General Assembly

The North Carolina Senate has big plans for teacher pay. Today Senate Leader Phil Berger laid out an ambitious proposal which would far exceed the roughly 4 percent in raises the House passed last week. But there’s a big question left unanswered.

When it comes to teacher pay, the North Carolina House budget falls short for Governor Pat McCrory.

North Carolina General Assembly building.
NC General Assembly

House lawmakers Wednesday night gave their tentative approval of the proposed $22.2 billion state budget. Debates over these spending bills tend to be hard fought partisan affairs. But a strange thing happened with this budget, the House seemed to be hit with a bout of congeniality.

These days, the bar for what is considered a truly bipartisan bill is pretty low. But the house budget was truly passed in a bipartisan way. The vote was 103-12. Thirty Democrats voted for the budget, the most since Republicans took over the chamber in 2011.

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Sometimes the most interesting part of the legislative process is watching an amendment fail. The debate, while collegial, shows the deep resentment some lawmakers have for those of the opposing political party. And just such a debate happened in Raleigh on Tuesday.

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