News Reports (Page 5)

  • 2017 state budget: Health and human services

    Of all the differences among the three budgets submitted for the upcoming two-year spending cycle, none is larger, and less likely to be negotiated, than the $4.4 billion Medicaid expansion Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is pushing. Cooper contends the provision, which would add 624,000 people to the…

  • Treasurer will appeal court ruling on pension spiking

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell said Friday he “will pursue all avenues of appeal” after Durham Superior Court Judge James Hardin ruled against the state in enforcing regulations against massive pension spiking by a select group of state employees. “My administration inherited this case and…

  • 2017 state budget: Education/teacher pay raises

    Politically charged debates over teacher pay are nothing new. This year is no exception, given that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper holds power in the executive branch, while a Republican supermajority governs the General Assembly. Cooper wants to spend more, the legislature wants to spend less. For now, the…

  • Budget battle taking shape

    The tough work on the state budget has just begun. The House early Friday morning passed Senate Bill 257, a $45.7 billion General Fund budget for the next two years. It spends nearly $350 million more than the Senate version of the General Fund budget passed three weeks ago.

  • House General Fund budget heads to Senate

    Thirty-eight amendments consuming nearly eight hours of debate (including a few extended breaks) wound up changing few minds. The House late Thursday night passed its $22.9-billion General Fund budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year by an 82-34 vote. Twelve Democrats backed the budget’s initial passage. A single Republican, Rep. Jeff Collins,…

  • Lawmakers score rare court win over Cooper

    RALEIGH — The Republican-led N.C. General Assembly scored a victory in its ongoing legal war with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, as a three-judge panel rejected Cooper’s latest lawsuit against lawmakers. The judges ruled that they had no jurisdiction in the case. Cooper spokesman Ford Porter responded to the news. “The…