Under the Dome Blog

  • NC budget release reveals cuts to cover teacher pay; first vote Thursday

    Posted by John Frank on July 31, 2014

    Rep. Julia Howard (R), left,  and Sen. Bob Rucho (R), confer on the House floor during the House session at the Legislature on July 31, 2014.

    Hours after releasing the 260-page budget plan late Wednesday night, a document loaded with major policy changes, the North Carolina Senate is expected to take the first vote on the $21.3 billion state spending plan as lawmakers rush to finish their work this week.

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  • Teen tanning ban dropped from budget

    Posted by Karen Garloch on July 31, 2014

    Michelle Park, tanning consultant with Jill's Beach Luxury Tanning, cleans a tanning bed Monday, February 18, 2013. A bill that would require people younger than 18 to have a physician's prescription was not enacted during the 2014 legislative session. Right now teens can tan with parental consent. Opponents of the legislation say it encroaches on parental rights and goes too far in regulating an industry that already faces many restrictions.

    In the same week the US Surgeon General called for immediate action to reduce the rate of skin cancer, the NC General Assembly failed to act on a bill that would have banned the use of tanning beds by teens.

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  • Thom Tillis, House vote to restore film incentives

    Posted by Jim Morrill on July 31, 2014

    Film industry advocates won a victory in the NC House Thursday - though it may be short-lived. Speaker Thom Tillis broke with many fellow Republicans in backing a measure that would essentially extend the tax credits that supporters say have helped the industry prosper in Charlotte and elsewhere in the state.

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  • Morning Memo: Lawmakers plan to leave this week -- but return twice

    Posted by John Frank and Craig Jarvis on July 31, 2014

    State lawmakers are finally on their way out of town – for awhile at least. A Senate resolution puts lawmakers returning Aug. 14 and then again Nov. 17

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  • Budget writers say teachers get raises, despite tweak to longevity pay

    Posted by John Frank on July 30, 2014

    A day after House and Senate leaders announced a deal for a $21.3 billion spending plan, budget writers scrambled Wednesday to finish the details and clear the way for final votes this week. The void left by an actual budget document left room for plenty of speculation about what the budget says and where Republican leaders cut to make room for a substantial teacher pay hike.

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  • Gov. McCrory signs into law measure to curb pension spiking in NC

    Posted by Dan Kane on July 30, 2014

    Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed into law a measure to prevent highly-paid state and local officials from using the state retirement system to support spikes in their pensions caused by pay hikes as they near retirement.

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