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.

Coal ash bill passes at end of NC session

Right before adjourning their short session, state legislators passed a bill Aug. 20 addressing coal ash regulations for energy companies — but environmental groups worry it doesn’t do enough.


NC voters will decide on right to jury trial

North Carolina voters will have the chance to add an amendment to the state’s constitution during the November election.


NC NAACP targets 2013 NC voting law

A shorter early voting period and the elimination of same-day voter registration are two parts of North Carolina’s year-old voting law slated to impact November’s elections.


More Moral Monday cases dismissed by NC judges

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More than a dozen cases of protesters arrested during the 2013 Moral Monday protests have been dismissed in the last four weeks — and in a legal shift, the rulings have been made on a constitutional free speech basis.


Research centers fight to avoid more budget cuts

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With all the money in the world, Grace Schmits would ask for just a little more space. 


Activists begin week of protesting NC legislature

Even now that the N.C. General Assembly’s short session has come to a close, activists are getting fired up — and they will return Friday to the streets of Raleigh to protest the actions of the legislature


UNC-system faculty to get pay hike

After four years of pay freezes  for UNC-system faculty in five years, a salary hike is on the way.


Q&A with Senate candidate Sean Haugh, 'Emperor of Pizza'

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Sean Haugh, a 53-year-old pizza delivery man, had no intention of running for political office again. But the veteran Libertarian Party candidate and Durham resident is slated to face incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, Speaker of the N.C. House, in November.


Board of Governors aims to cut costs, keep future tuition hikes to a minimum

For the first time since 2009, the UNC-system Board of Governors is entering a new academic year without significant state budget cuts on its conscience.


NC film incentive replaced with $10 million grant

Film production in North Carolina might be headed for a precipitous decline in the near future, as the state’s tax incentive program for film companies is slated to undergo a major change.


Abortion clinic rules still in progress after a year

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.


Deadline passes for filing eugenics claims in NC

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.


Legislators miss fiscal year deadline for passing state budget

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To celebrate the new fiscal year Tuesday, state legislators had no finalized budget for 2014-15 and little to show for weeks of negotiations.


United Church of Christ challenges gay marriage ban

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.


Changes to incentives worry NC filmmakers

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.


Low pay harms K-12 teacher recruitment and retention

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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.


NC House of Representatives releases state budget proposal

With less than two weeks before the new fiscal year, the push compromise on the state budget has begun.


UNC Board of Governors will vote on out-of-state tuition rates

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.


Advocates challenge voting restrictions in NC

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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.


Tax returns will not help hospitals

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.