Under the Dome Blog
Posted by John Frank on August 1, 2014
The Senate left town shortly before 1 a.m. Friday after hours of drama about whether key legislative priorities would make it across the finish line.
Here’s what you missed:
BUDGET: A $21.3 billion state budget won Senate approval and now heads to the House. The driving force behind the Republican-written budget the Senate tentatively approved Thursday night was to substantially increase teacher pay by moving money around in whatever creative ways were necessary to make that happen. Read more here.
Posted by John Frank 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.
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.
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
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.
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.