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It’s official: Senate Approps subcommittees are now just focus groups

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Higher Education met this morning (see the WRAL video here) and confirmed a couple of things that we thought we knew: 1)      The process for Senate consideration of the budget bill ...
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Unemployment benefits stalemate splits jobless family

Greg and Elizabeth Rain Georgaras, two of the 37,000 North Carolinians cut off from their employment benefits four weeks ago, can no longer afford to keep their two young children with them. It recently fell to family to ...
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House rails greased for Blue Cross version of health exchange bill

The following is from an update sent out last night by the folks at the B.C. Health Access Coalition: By Adam Searing and Adam Linker TERRIBLE HEALTH EXCHANGE/MARKETPLACE BILL (H115) READY TO PASS NC HOUSE H115 is the ...
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Senate Approps Subcommittee on Education posts spending targets

As expected, the state Senate will attempt to squeeze even more out of public education (about $40 million) than was extracted by the budget adopted last week in the House of Representatives. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education ...
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Berger: No plan to restore benefits for 37,000 jobless

Senate GOP Leader Phil Berger said at his weekly press conference this morning that he has no immediate plan of how to deal with the 37,000 unemployed workers whose benefits were cut off on April 16. “No movement ...
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Amazing new GOP hypocrisy on the unemployed

It’s bad enough that legislative Republicans have been holding 37,000 families hostage for three weeks by refusing to authorize the continuance of federally-funded unemployment benefits to which they are entitled; now the GOP has the gall to schedule debate on another bill ...
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Unemployed workers, an update

State Senate Democrats are taking another stab at restoring federal benefits for the 37,000 jobless cut off from their unemployment checks because of a budget fight state leaders are having. Democrats would need two-thirds of the Senate to ...
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As legislature drags feet, life’s troubles move forward for one of the 37,000 jobless

Chrissy Martin (who asked we not use her real name) used her cell phone this week to call up legislators in Raleigh and beg them to restore the unemployment benefits that she and thousands of others depend upon. ...
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Protests, demonstrations coincide with House budget debate

On the day that House Republicans will vote in lockstep to pass a regressive, back-to-the-bad-old-days budget, perhaps the biggest and most interesting news will take place outside the General Assembly. During the lunch hour, protesters from the Together NC ...
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Spending Showdown

No one really knows what July 1, the first day of the new fiscal year in North Carolina, will be like if state leaders fail to pass a budget all sides can live with. That’s partly because the ...
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Don’t expect an early end to the session

The state Senate just approved a resolution that extends the “crossover deadline” (the date by which bills must pass out of the house in which they originate) from May 12 to June 9. Historically, crossover (a tool used to ...
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Billboard industry gets its way

Some news reports made it sound like a compromise, but yesterday’s committee appproval of a bill pushed by the “oudoor advertising” industry was really a matter of lawmakers taking a bill that gave the industry everything it had ever ...
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Dems to hold public hearing on unemployment extension

Frustrated with ten unnecessary days of delay from legislative leaders, House and Senate Democrats will be holding their own hearing tomorrow at 2 pm on the need to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The hearing will take place in Room ...
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Fee-for-service government

One of the less well-reported aspects of the House budget under consideration this week is the explosion of new fees that the House GOP is enacting and/or increasing dramatically.  The House Finance Committee has been examining a bevy ...
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Carolina Issues Poll

Carolina Issues Poll – April 2011

NC Policy Watch is happy to announce the release of the April 2011 edition of its Carolina Issues Poll. Each month, the staff of NC Policy Watch develops a series of questions on timely issues impacting state policy ...
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Legislative Watch

Minor cracks in Republican unity?

This has to be the first day this has happened this session — both houses held votes today in which Republicans finally abandoned their lockstep voting patterns. In the House, the break came on medical malpractice “reform” when ...
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