Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday began outlining his proposed state budget for the next fiscal year – a plan the governor says is the result of making “tough choices” to produce a “thoughtful” proposal. The budget includes pay raises for starting teachers, corrections officers and state troopers, and it forces some cuts on the state’s university system.
Nearly 20 years and more than 100 pounds ago, this panhandler in the yellow knit cap, Ryan Hoffman, was a hulking offensive lineman for a North Carolina Tar Heels football team ranked in the top 10, a starting player renowned for his toughness and durability. Now his old Levis are so big that even a belt on its ninth notch can’t keep them from sagging below his hips.
Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled his proposed $21.5 billion budget Thursday, describing it as a conservative approach that makes cuts where needed in order to put money where it will have the most impact. The governor tried to keep the spotlight on education, emphasizing that more than $1 billlion will have been spent on teacher pay during his first term in office, if the budget is adopted by the General Assembly. He said 56 percent of the budget would go to education.
The Wake County school system reported a sharp drop in the number of student suspensions from the previous year, continuing a trend that has seen suspensions fall 45 percent in the past five years. But Wake reported increases this past school year in the number of reported acts of school crime and in the number of high school dropouts.
Wake County school officials are delaying an announcement about which two Saturdays will be used as school makeup days until after they know for sure if classes will be held Friday. The new wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet could cause schools to close Friday.
What are you going to do when you get home from a long day at work and there’s a bulldozer tearing up the lot next door to erect a 120-foot cell phone tower without your ever having been notified and never having had an opportunity to voice your opinion about it?
Nearly one-fifth of Congress will be in Selma, Ala., this weekend with President Barack Obama and his family to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march – a watershed moment that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains a strong favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination, she’s now more vulnerable to a party challenger – and, perhaps more ominously, more likely to give an already-alienated electorate new reasons to drop out of the political process. The furor over foreign money and secret emails may be prodding Clinton to engage politically faster than she’d planned.
The budget’s biggest impact on the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources would be the shifting of responsibilities that aren’t directly related to environmental protection over to the state Department of Cultural Resources.
N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and newly appointed State Budget Director Lee Roberts addressed the media in the Joint Force Headquarters Media Briefing Room in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. They unveiled the Governor's proposed 2015-2017 Budget for the state.