Friday, July 11, 2014
Budget Conferees Focus on Public Education K-12 public education was the focal point of budget negotiations this week, as Senate and House budget conferees held three public meetings and exchanged several compromise offers. Yet the two sides remain divided on the pivotal issue of how to move forward on teacher pay raises in 2014-15. Teacher Assistants...

  Thursday, July 3, 2014
Budget Talks Move Forward Budget negotiations advanced significantly on Wednesday following a brief early-week flare-up in tensions between Senate and House leaders regarding the House’s mini-budget proposal. In a rare public meeting, Senate and House conferees agreed on two major points, how much money to set aside for Medicaid cost overruns...

  Friday, June 27, 2014
Budget Update With the start of the 2014-15 fiscal year quickly approaching, House and Senate budget negotiators have met to little avail on a compromise budget, making this deadline now seem a distant goal. Yet even with negotiations at an impasse the budget stayed in the spotlight this week. House Moves a Separate “Mini-Budget” Gov....

  Friday, June 20, 2014
Budget Update Senate budget committees met this week to review the 2014-15 House budget. One of the most controversial topics was the House’s projection of total lottery proceeds, which was used in part to fund their teacher salary increase. The News and Observer ran a story with more detail on that hearing, which you can find here. Budget...

  Friday, June 13, 2014
House Budget Approved A week of budget work in the House concluded this morning as the House gave final approval to its 2014-15 fiscal year spending plan. Overall K-12 public education spending in the House proposal would increase 0.20% over what had been certified for the upcoming fiscal year. The House budget offers some very different provisions than...
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