state budget (page 2)

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    N.C. Senate education budget highlights

    Republican leaders in the N.C. Senate released their budget proposal on Tuesday.  The two-year plan would invest in school safety initiatives, allow teachers to make decisions about school supply purchases, and of course, raise teacher salaries. The budget funds a variety of grants designed to ensure the safety of students…
    Terry Stoops, May 29, 2019
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    Nebraska to offer DPC option in health plan

    Beginning in 2019, Nebraska’s state employees will have the option to enroll in a Direct Primary Care (DPC) benefit plan. The governor signed Legislative Bill 1119 back in April, which set up the DPC pilot program for three years. DPC does not accept…
    Jordan Roberts, August 20, 2018
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    NASBO: N.C. has largest rainy day fund balance in Southeast

    The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) Fiscal Survey of the States Spring 2018 is out! With a rainy day fund balance of over $1.8 billion, North Carolina has the best funded rainy day fund of any state in the Southeast.  Florida is second with $1.4 billion. North…
    Terry Stoops, June 18, 2018
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    Welcome to the Midterm Election: Cooper Vetoes Budget, Disputes Nonpartisan Analysis of Deficit His Budget Would Create

    Welcome to the 2018 midterms. As Carolina Journal reports, Gov. Roy Cooper used a press conference Wednesday to criticize legislative leaders and the operating budget they passed and sent to his desk — which he has vetoed. “It’s important to make this statement. It’s important to do the right…
    Donna Martinez, June 7, 2018
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    Analysis: House Budget Lifts Cap On State Match For Light Rail Funding

    After previously capping the amount of state funds that can be allocated to regional light rail projects, the House budget lifts the cap entirely. Writes JLF’s Julie Tisdale: Last year, the General Assembly capped the percentage of state funding for light rail projects.  According to that provision, state…
    Donna Martinez, June 5, 2017
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    House Budget – A Dozen Initial Take-Aways

    We’re still combing through last week’s committee reports, sorting out details from this morning’s Finance meeting and waiting for the full budget documents, but we’re starting to get a picture of what the House proposes in its budget. Here are a dozen things that struck me: 1. Spending is same…
    Becki Gray, May 30, 2017
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    Cooper’s budget throws ethnic/racial minority students under the bus

    Governor Roy Cooper’s budget would discontinue the expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, funding scholarships only for those low-income children already receiving them. According to the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, 59 percent of the nearly 5,500 low-income students receiving an Opportunity Scholarship belong to an ethnic or racial…
    Terry Stoops, March 1, 2017
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    Some teachers would get a 15 percent raise under House plan

    The NC House released details of their state budget adjustments this week.  Although lacking some critical elements, the House budget includes an average 4.1 percent increase in teacher salaries and a $1,000 bonus for our beginning and most experienced public school teachers. The budgets of both Governor McCrory and…
    Terry Stoops, May 18, 2016