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N.C. profiled for having among best rainy-day funds in the U.S.

North Carolina was profiled in a recent Pewtrusts.org article as one of five states that uses a “budget stress test” to determine how much money should be set aside in its rainy-day fund to avert a future crisis such as a recession or major disaster like a hurricane.

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N.C. Senate Democrats unveil a plan for families with legislation that includes picking up where Build Back Better left off

North Carolina Senate Democrats held a press conference Wednesday, June 15 to announce their “North Carolina Families Plan.” Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, Wake, said the plan was based on different pieces of legislation and the budget proposals laid out by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

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Gov. Roy Cooper releases proposed 2022-23 budget adjustments

Gov. Roy Cooper wants to increase the state budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year from $27 billion to $29.3 billion, an increase of 8.5%. The money would come from $6.2 billion in additional revenue spelled out in the state’s latest forecast. Cooper would place another $2.4 billion in reserves, leaving the remaining $1.5 billion unspent....

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Guilford County accused of illegal electioneering in favor of school bond referendum, sales tax hike

A candidate for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has accused the county government of using public dollars to illegally promote the passage of a $1.7 billion school bond and quarter cent sales tax increase. The referendums are on the ballot for the May 17 primary and early voting is already underway. By law, county governments are permitted to use taxpayer funds to conduct educational campaigns surrounding ballot referendums. But governments are strictly prohibited from actively promoting the passage of those referendum. That sets up a fine line between education and advocacy that counties often appear to cross.

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N.C. House passes resolution supporting Ukraine, adjourns marathon session

The N.C. House on Thursday passed a resolution supporting Ukraine before following the Senate’s lead and voting to adjourn its long-running session. “This is the longest long session in the history of the state, and this is a record I hope we don’t try to break,” said N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland. The Ukraine...

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