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Gov. Roy Cooper is pictured speaking in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

'A slap in the face': Gov. Cooper declares a state of emergency for public education

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for public education in a special address on May 22.  In his speech, he said legislation introduced — including the budget passed by the Senate — by the Republican supermajority in the NCGA would cripple public education.  The budget passed by the Senate on May 18 allocated $23.2 billion over the next two years towards K-12 education. Gov. Cooper’s proposed budget allocated $27.7 billion.

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The Chapel Hill Courthouse stands on 179 E. Franklin St. on April 21, 2023. It is currently being restored.

N.C. House Democrats introduce bill to reduce court fees and reform criminal debt

Court-imposed fees in North Carolina have increased by 400 percent over the past 20 years, according to the North Carolina Justice Center. These fees can burden those who are unable to pay the increased cost with large amounts of debt. North Carolina House Bill 636, which was introduced by N.C. House Democrats on April 17, could reduce these fees and the punishments given to those who can’t pay.

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