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.

Student protestors in Raleigh call for education reform


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.

UNC alumni Gerry Cohen to retire from legislature

Colleagues said it will take several people to fill the vacuum that Gerry Cohen, special counsel to the N.C. General Assembly, will leave behind when he retires in August.

Plan for NC teacher walkout stalls

North Carolina teachers upset with low pay and recent cuts to public education were planning to walk out of the classroom Nov. 4 to send a message to the N.C. General Assembly — but an actual walkout is looking unlikely.

N.C. Senate candidates lay out platforms

The energy from the NAACP-sponsored rally held at Peace & Justice Plaza Wednesday was carried into the Chapel Hill Post Office as the candidates hoping to represent Orange and Chatham counties as a state senator made their case.

Reporting on the battle lines of North Carolina

I for one wasn’t expecting a 2013 N.C. General Assembly session that pulsed on for the entire summer, outlasting my tenure as The Daily Tar Heel’s State & National Editor.

Horace Williams Airport not yet ready to land


For more than 35 years, Robert Epting has been flying in and out of Horace Williams Airport. And for much of the time he’s been using it, he said, Chapel Hill residents and University officials have been underestimating their local airport’s worth.

Tax reform package to end Tax-Free Weekend

A popular tax holiday geared toward back-to-school shoppers is set to end after this year, and some local school officials say they have concerns about the costs to families.

Election bill bars college IDs from polls

The proposed election omnibus bill could restrict where college students cast their ballots.

UNC-system leaders talk energy costs

Students, faculty and leaders from colleges across the state came together last week to further discussions on energy conservation — with an ultimate goal of saving $1 billion in energy avoidance costs in mind.

ASG unveils first-ever strategic plan

At last week’s meeting of the UNC-system Association of Student Governments, Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans came to the members with a challenge.

Abortion bill battles heat up nationwide

A crop of recent abortion legislation nationwide has bred controversy that could lead to the courtroom, and an N.C. abortion bill might face the same future if it becomes law.

Abortion bill likely to take weekend pause


First it was Sharia law, and now it is motorcycle safety — two unexpected paths for state legislators to enact a flurry of new abortion clinic regulations before the N.C. General Assembly’s session comes to a close.

Local officials eye NC abortion bill

As an N.C. General Assembly bill to put new restrictions on North Carolina abortion clinics moves forward, some in Chapel Hill are afraid of the consequences the abortion regulations might have on local women.

Abortion sex ed bill puts McCrory campaign promise under scrutiny

A controversial N.C. Senate abortion bill is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk not long after Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ pink-sneakered stand on her own Senate floor — calling into question one of McCrory’s key campaign promises.

No more public funds for Chapel Hill candidates

Candidates will begin filing for office in Chapel Hill Friday — and they will do so without a public campaign financing program that has been in place since 2008.

Teaching Fellows divides state legislature

UNC sophomore Jean-Luc Rivera discovered a knack for teaching early in his high school career, when he tutored classmates in Advanced Placement biology.

NC set to reject Medicaid expansion, but financial questions linger

Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly continue to cite the “Medicaid monster” as a funding fiasco — but a new study sheds light on the financial penalties the state could face by not expanding Medicaid.

No changing minds in General Assembly

As a Moral Monday protestor, I don’t expect to have my actions change the minds of the Tea Party-controlled state legislature. That was never the point. The point of the Moral Monday protests is to draw attention to the reactionary agenda of the legislature.

Horace Williams Airport might close in August


This summer, Chapel Hill could lose a piece of town history — one that’s no stranger to attempted closures.

Moral Monday protestors are not extremists

Last week’s editorial characterizing Moral Monday as “an extreme leftist reaction” was completely wrongheaded. Protestors are defending policies that served our state well for decades — some for longer than our lifetimes. That makes them moderates or conservatives, not extremists.