House unveils new NC budget. Here’s what’s inside:

On Wednesday, North Carolina House leaders unveiled their proposed state budget. Governor Cooper will be under pressure to sign the state legislature's budget because its passage is tied to Medicaid expansion, a bill he signed last week. The House's budget will cost $27.9 billion, a 10.5 percent increase from the previous budget and a number agreed upon in advance between the House and Senate.

Alex Baltzegar

SBI director testifies on intimidation tactics from governor’s senior staff

In revealing, sometimes emotional, testimony before the N.C. House Oversight and Reform Committee, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Director Bob Schurmeier described a culture of political strong-arming from the senior staff of Gov. Roy Cooper; interfering with his ability to manage direct reports, efforts to intimidate him with threats, and calling for his resignation.

Donna King

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New Leandro funding order could be three weeks away

The judge overseeing North Carolina’s long-running Leandro education funding lawsuit signaled Friday that he might issue a new spending order in the case within three weeks. That announcement followed more than 2 1/2 hours of courtroom debate over the amount of money to be included in that order. Judge James Ammons confirmed he will not order state officials to transfer money out of the state treasury.

CJ Staff

Cooper’s budget proposal spends on raises, clean energy, Leandro

Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled what he called his “First in Opportunity” budget at a press conference Wednesday, proposing to spend $32.95 billion in the first year of the biennium and $34.23 billion in the second year. The budget keeps $7 billion in reserve and doesn’t raise taxes, but halts some planned tax cuts.

Theresa Opeka

Carolina Journal’s Donna King leads ‘State Lines’ discussion of Medicaid expansion

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses this week’s announcement that N.C. House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement on Medicaid expansion. King offered these comments during the March 3, 2023, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “State Lines.”

Donna King