House Speaker Thom Tillis will present the chamber’s budget Tuesday morning in a move that will be closely watched in the legislature and the U.S. Senate campaign trail.
How Tillis handles teacher pay and education spending is sure to play into the Republican’s bid to challenge U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. So far, it looks like the House is moving a different direction than the state Senate’s plan to give what it calls the largest raise in history at the cost of teaching assistants and much else.
The Associated Press’s Gary Robertson has the inside line on what to expect: North Carolina public school teachers would get average 5 percent raises without having to give up any job protections in the budget proposal House Republicans have written.
...The Senate budget proposal approved last month gave average raises of more than 11 percent but required veteran teachers to give up their tenure. The Senate also cut money for teacher assistants in half. The House proposal demands neither.
The House measure also gives flat $1,000 salary raises to state employees. The House budget avoids the Senate’s provisions to trim the Medicaid rolls and reject Gov. Pat McCrory’s Medicaid reform plan.
Tillis and House budget writers will present the plan at a 9 a.m. press conference at the legislative building. The six House budget subcommittees will meet at 10 a.m. to begin discussing the various parts.
A Senate judiciary committee will discuss a bill involving product liability and another on the privacy of student records at 9 a.m. in room 1027 LB ahead of the chamber convening at 9:30 a.m. to read in bills and then adjourning again until the afternoon. Another Senate judiciary committee will meet at 10 a.m. in 1124 LB and the chamber’s finance committee meet at 1 p.m.
The House convenes at 3 p.m. and final votes on measures from last week – unemployment insurance and a tax break for agricultural fairs – are expected. The chamber’s education committee will meet 15 minutes after session.
Autism Speaks is holding its lobbying day Tuesday as it tries to push a House-approved bill to require insurance companies to cover certain therapy treatments. The bill is stuck in the Senate and became entangled in an anti-Affordable Care Act effort to block insurance mandates. The group will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. outside the history museum on Jones Street.
Patients wait an average of 29 days for a primary care appointment at the medical center on Ramsey Street, the audit found. New patients wait an average of 83 days. ... In response to the audit, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., said she sent a letter to Gibson calling on him to visit the Fayetteville hospital. Read more here.
“We don’t endorse candidates that we don’t really think are going to be rock stars,” Kibbe said. “Our super PAC, on the other hand, has always spent money in races where we haven’t endorsed. So we might go into North Carolina and work against Kay Hagan, for instance, because clearly Tillis is better than Hagan, from our perspective.”
Such help would not take the form of a “pro-Tillis” effort, FreedomWorks executive vice president Adam Brandon clarified on Friday, but rather an “anti-Kay Hagan” campaign. Read more here.
The teachers, who came from varied schools across the state, had questions for him and he answered them, though there was disagreement. They argued about numbers and dollar figures and how the state money should be spent. Berger told the protesters that he valued what the protesters had to say even if he might disagree with them.
“Tell them to protect us, not the polluters,” the new ads say.
The “accountability campaign” was developed by a coalition of nine environmental groups in North Carolina, with an unprecedented infusion of money from a powerful national advocacy organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council. It’s a response to what they contend has been the dismantling of environmental safeguards since Republicans took control of the legislature in 2011. Read more here.
The Wall St. Cheat Sheet, a popular financial news website headquartered in Asheville, posted a story yesterday saying that “sources” had confirmed the Obamas were moving to Asheville post-presidency. They first posted last week that the first family was looking, and then that a purchase was “confirmed” Monday.
Of course this posting has made some serious waves. Within hours people from every neighborhood in the city have posted on Facebook and Twitter about how and why theirs will the ’hood where the president and his family reside. Some are ready to pop the champagne, others are saying it’s “time to move.” Read more here.
She kept repeating, “It’s for poor people! It helps poor people!” Finally, he continued walking and said he wasn’t going to debate the matter at the fundraiser. Read more here.
Challenged to a putting contest after a Monday news conference to kick off two weeks of U.S. Open championship play, McCrory was given three chances to make a 12-foot putt. He missed on the first two but drained the third, raising his putter in victory as it fell. Read more here.
State helicopter eBay sale ends with no bidders. Read more here.
Supreme Court ruling muddies water in Lejeune pollution case. Read more here.
Wilmington, Greensboro competing for Stone Brewing Co.’s East Coast facility. Read more here.
N.C. lawmakers want audits of DHHS no-bid contracts. Read more here.