Government

House, Senate leaders agree to $21.735 billion state budget

August 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

House and Senate leaders agreed Tuesday on a $21.735 billion budget, a 3.1% increase over the previous fiscal year. The compromise means it is unlikely that state workers will receive a 2% raise proposed by the original House budget. The two chambers also still need to work out differences regarding education spending.

Construction of Bonner Bridge replacement could begin next spring

August 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Southern Environmental Law Center has dropped lawsuits that have held up construction of a replacement for the Bonner Bridge in the Outer Banks. Construction of a new bridge across the Oregon Inlet is expected to begin next spring and will take three years.

Academic panel says Common Core standards need to be revised

August 18, 2015

(WRAL.com)

The co-chairs of a state panel say North Carolina's academic standards need changes, though they didn't say whether the group would recommend doing away with national Common Core standards altogether. The Academic Standards Review Commission is expected to give its final recommendation to legislators by December.
Related: Panel revising Common Core standards: Change requires money

 

Land company paid Robert Pittenger $3.7 million in 2012

August 17, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s annual financial disclosure shows his wife Suzanne took over the family land business after the Charlotte businessman won election to Congress, leaving him with no financial interest in the company. In 2012, he received salary and bonus of $3.7 million, while his wife earned more than $1 million. He said last week that the FBI has investigated the company he founded, which raised millions of dollars from investors to buy property.

 


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UNC Chapel self-reports more potential academic violations

August 17, 2015

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC Chapel Hill said it found what appears to be additional NCAA violations in women’s basketball and men’s soccer while preparing the response to its long-running academic scandal The school's response to the NCAA, which is due in the next week, has been delayed for a review of the new information.

 

Huge increase in donations cited at UNC Chapel Hill

August 14, 2015

(The News and Observer)

UNC Chapel Hill landed $447 million in donations and commitments in the fiscal year that ended June 30 – a 44% increase from a year earlier. The previous record was $342.8 million in 2008. The most recent year’s total included a $100 million pledge from Wilmington businessman Fred Eshelman for the UNC pharmacy school.

State budget agreement is getting closer, House Speaker says

August 14, 2015

(The News and Observer)

House Speaker Tim Moore said House and Senate negotiators are likely to agree Thursday on the total amount of money the state budget would spend. Negotiations will continue over the weekend, then chairs of budget committees will look over the plans, he said. Legislative procedures make it unlikely the budget will be approved before school starts, Moore said.

Raleigh lawmakers set Aug. 31 for new budget deadline

August 13, 2015

(WRAL.com)

State House and Senate lawmakers voted for a second budget deadline extension, this time till Aug. 31.

N.C. Senate wants vote on limit to government’s growth

August 13, 2015

(WRAL.com)

 

The N.C. Senate approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the growth of government based on a calculation including inflation and population growth.

 

Senate turns down Medicaid expansion

August 12, 2015

(WRAL.com)

The North Carolina Senate again opposed the expansion of Medicaid insurance for as many as 500.000 low-income citizens.