Topics: N.C. General Assembly
The N.C. General Assembly, the state’s legislature, appropriates money to the UNC system every two years in its biennial budget. A tough economic period for the state has coincided with millions in budget cuts in recent years, prompting universities to reduce their faculty, staff, course sections and class sizes. The UNC system absorbed a state funding cut of $414 million, or 15.6 percent, for the 2011-12 academic year.
The first Republican majorities in both chambers of the legislature since 1898 were elected in the November 2010 general election, and they convened in January 2011.
A year after the N.C. General Assembly passed a controversial law tightening standards for abortion clinics, both anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights activists are waiting to see exactly what these regulations will be.
About 700 people have filed claims to receive compensation for being forcibly sterilized by the state — but hundreds of potential living victims could have missed last Monday’s deadline.
To celebrate the new fiscal year Tuesday, state legislators had no finalized budget for 2014-15 and little to show for weeks of negotiations.
The United Church of Christ has joined the line of lawsuits against the state’s ban on gay marriage — and it is making an unconventional challenge.
North Carolina was where UNC senior Erin Sands could see herself starting her filmmaking career.
It’s diverse, with both the Carolina coast and the Blue Ridge Mountains bordering it – but talks in the state legislature of cutting the 25 percent tax rebate on film projects is leaving Sands in limbo.
"If there aren't that many jobs here anymore, that might really affect me," she said.
In 2000 an engineer left an annual salary of $70,000 to teach and nurture students’ passion for science.
“Fourteen years later, my pay is still not back up to where I was when I left the (research) industry,” said Raymond Thomas, now a Carrboro High School science teacher.
With less than two weeks before the new fiscal year, the push compromise on the state budget has begun.
In a departure from precedent, last year the N.C. General Assembly bypassed the UNC-system Board of Governors and mandated steep out-of-state tuition increases for 2014-15.
Voter turnout has increased since the last non-presidential election, but state advocacy groups want November’s general election to be exempt from voting restrictions passed last year.
In a time of rising health care costs and lack of Medicaid expansion, new N.C. tax laws will stop state agencies from collecting patients’ tax returns in exchange for medical debts.
Moral Monday participants may be willing to risk arrest, but this week the 11 protesters detained by police were given citations and released that evening.
A bill to double the length of North Carolina legislators’ terms would allow lawmakers to spend less time and money fundraising for re-elections.
After years of budget cuts, the UNC system would see no major reductions under the N.C. Senate’s budget proposal, finalized last week.
In its first 37 years, the multi-campus UNC system never experienced the financial strains it has been grappling with since the 2008 recession.
At the end of this week’s Moral Monday protest, some participants were not done being heard.
A bill that would allow fracking for natural gas reached the N.C. House of Representatives this week — reviving a debate that dates back several legislative sessions.
North Carolina may enact a mandatory child abuse education curriculum — potentially joining the 13 other states with child abuse education and prevention laws.
Some people in North Carolina are forced to turn to the nearest corner store or fast food restaurant when hungry.
Gov. Pat McCrory wants to give in-state tuition benefits to veterans attending community colleges — but it’s still up in the air if the state will extend those benefits to the UNC system.
Students from across the Triangle greeted the attendees of a legislative task force for education with two signs Monday — one depicting a sturdy ladder and another depicting a broken ladder.