NC Budget

NC Surplus, Budget Impasse Mean Lots Of Cash Unspent

Jan 30, 2020
North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH -- North Carolina state government coffers are more flush than in recent memory as 2020 begins as tax collections again are beating projections and hundreds of millions of dollars aren't being spent due to a lengthy budget impasse.

teacher walk-in
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RALEIGH — North Carolina's chief lobbying group for teachers is seeking additional input from members before determining a response to the extended state budget stalemate, with a walkout among potential options, the group's president said Thursday.

Impasse Continues Over State Budget, Teacher Pay After Brief Session

Jan 14, 2020
North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans in the General Assembly fell short on Tuesday trying to overturn Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes on teacher pay and the budget, ensuring their spending impasse will extend into spring and perhaps longer.

Teachers at Oaklawn Language Academy near uptown Charlotte protest before school Wednesday morning
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Teachers in many schools across North Carolina staged protests Wednesday morning outside their schools in response to deadlocked negotiations between state lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper over educator pay raises.

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RALEIGH — A final showdown on the vetoed North Carolina state budget could come next week.

Senate Republicans on Friday filed the parliamentary notice necessary to give them the option to bring up the vetoed budget for an override vote on Monday.

Gov. Roy Cooper (left) and Sen. Phil Berger
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Gov. Roy Cooper and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger took to Twitter on Tuesday to blame each other for the lack of North Carolina teacher raises.

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It's been four weeks since Governor Cooper vetoed the budget approved by the General Assembly, and there's no sign of legislative leaders or the governor coming to an agreement. Instead, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger have been trying to get conservative Democrats to join them in overriding the governor's veto. 

To talk about the budget impasse, WFAE's Morning Edition host Lisa Worf is joined by Speaker Moore.

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It's been four weeks since Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget approved by the General Assembly, and there's no sign of legislative leaders or the governor coming to an agreement. 

To talk about the budget impasse, WFAE's Morning Edition host Lisa Worf is joined by Gov. Cooper. 

North Carolina Legislative building
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The full Senate is ready to vote on a North Carolina budget proposal for the next two years.

The budget was written by Republicans on the mantra of higher state employee pay, lower taxes and saving for a rainy day. 

North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina Republicans are taking another crack at a two-year state government budget proposal, this time in the Senate.

Three GOP-controlled Senate committees meeting on Wednesday will weigh in on a spending and tax plan before chamber floor votes Thursday and Friday.

Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during debate on the budget agreement Thursday.
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Members of Congress from the Carolinas were divided, mostly along party lines, when they voted early Friday on a 2-year federal budget agreement. The bill was signed into law by President Trump.  

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Republican legislators on Wednesday completed their override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto, enacting the spending plan over Cooper's objections that it's shortsighted, fiscally irresponsible and in some places unconstitutional.

The General Assembly's new state budget just landed on Governor Cooper's desk, with a resounding thud.

The plan received final approval Thursday.

Now, the governor has 10 days to sign the budget, veto it, or do nothing and have it take affect when that time runs out.

The North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle inside a District of Columbia pizzeria has been sentenced to 4 year in prison. Meanwhile, North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger says legislators "will quickly override" Gov. Roy Cooper should he choose to veto the Republican-backed budget. And, Duke Energy is moving forward with its request to raise rates by 15 percent for 1.3 million North Carolina customers.

Democrat Roy Cooper was sworn in as governor on January 1. The one constant over that time has been a series of clashes with the Republican controlled General Assembly.

The latest was kicked off by the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently ruled 28 state legislative districts are illegal racial gerrymanders. Those boundaries must be redrawn.

But when is still an open question. The high court left it to a lower federal court to decide that issue.

On Wednesday, Governor Cooper gave an exclusive interview to WFAE. He spoke with our Political Reporter Tom Bullock.

Thursday was a busy day for members of the North Carolina House. All eight appropriations subcommittees voted to approve their respective parts of the chamber's proposed state budget.

Normally, at a time like this, we can tell you everything included in that budget. Not so today. Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry asks WFAE's Tom Bullock to explain all this.

The National Weather Service has confirmed at least two tornadoes Wednesday in North Carolina. The first touched down at 4:20 p.m. just southwest of Monroe in Union County, tracking northeast for 7.7 miles. With average wind speeds of 100 mph, the tornado downed trees and tore the roof and sides off a barn. Few other structures were damaged.

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC and one of North Carolina's loudest opponents of House Bill 2, is leaving his organization later this month.

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It's tax time in Raleigh. No, the General Assembly has not moved up your filing deadline, you've still got until April 15 to get your taxes done.

But this week Republican leaders in the North Carolina House and Senate did unveil their tax plans for this legislative session. Reporter Tom Bullock and Morning Edition host Marshall Terry discuss.

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For the first time, Governor Roy Cooper has laid out his priorities in an official budget proposal for the state. Overall he calls for increased spending, but there is notable exception. He wants to phase out North Carolina’s private school voucher program. 

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