North Carolina budget

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup

Credit NC General Assembly

Earlier this month, we discussed 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.

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Local News
10:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

State Budget Means Cutbacks For CMS Teacher Assistants

Superintendent Heath Morrison discusses how the new state budget will impact Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will cut back the hours its teacher assistants work this year. That's one of several examples Superintendent Heath Morrison gave of how the state budget that passed Wednesday will impact the district.

The budget agreement state House and Senate leaders reached this week cuts funding for teacher assistants by about one-fifth ($120 million) this year.

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison said that will hurt students.

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Local News
3:44 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

N.C. Budget Agreement Closes Prisons

North Carolina legislative leaders are budgeting for a smaller prison population. The budget agreement that the Senate and House are voting on this week would close five prisons.

North Carolina Director of Prisons George Solomon said it makes sense to close five prisons – there's plenty of room elsewhere.

"We have been running in excess somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1,500 vacant beds for the last couple years since our population has declined," Solomon said.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Gov. McCrory Leaves Tax Overhaul Out Of Budget

Governor Pat McCrory released his detailed plan Tuesday for how North Carolina should spend its money the next two years. It's a $20.6 billion budget that does not include a key point from McCrory's campaign – overhauling the state's tax system.


Education takes up 55 percent of McCrory's budget.


He includes funding for an additional 5,000 at-risk children to take part in the state's pre-K program, and he sets aside $43 million to promote technology in classrooms, like reading tablets.

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