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Tuesday January 31st

N.c. General Assembly

	Atul Bhula was re-elected by delegates to be president of the Association of Student Governments.

Student leaders await vote on BOG

Two versions of a bill to establish a student vote on the UNC-system Board of Governors have sat motionless in their respective chambers of the state legislature for three weeks. The UNC Association of Student Governments and its legislative allies have tried since 1997 — unsuccessfully — to get its president a vote on the board.

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	In 1931, UNC students washed dishes in the school dining halls for 25 cents per hour during the Great Depression to help pay for tuition. Photo courtesy of The North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina library at Chapel Hill.

John Sanders discusses strategies for NC budget cuts

Former UNC School of Government Director John Sanders, who also helped reorganize and revise the state’s constitution in 1968, studied documents from the 1930s and reported on the state’s handling of extreme budget cuts.Sanders said legislators could use the strategies used by legislators during the Depression in determining cuts this year.

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UNC system ups lobbying efforts in face of budget cuts

Already beleaguered by years of budget cuts and facing morerumored to go as high as 12 percent, UNC-system officials are upping their lobbying efforts. The system’s lobbyists are regularly meeting with legislators and their staffs to emphasize the statewide economic benefits of universities in the form of research at campuses that results in the generation of new businesses.

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	Republicans will be juggling issues such as tuition, the budget deficit, financial aid, privatization of alcohol sales and abortion.

For first time in over 100 years, General Assembly reconvenes with Republican majority

The N.C. General Assembly reconvenes today with a new Republican leadership ready to tackle a $3.7 budget shortfall and a number of contentious issues that could have a direct impact on students. This will be the first Republican-controlled state legislature since 1898, which could mean a constant tug of war between the state’s Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and the GOP leadership.

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ABC store privatization possible

Alcohol sales in North Carolina have been under state control for 74 years. But a Republican-led N.C. General Assembly could approve legislation to privatize the system, translating to $300 million in one-time revenue for the state through the sale of required licenses for businesses.

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Board to review tuition proposals

As the University system prepares for one of its toughest years in history, its Board of Governors today will tackle two big issues facing students — the rising cost of tuition and the depleting funds for financial aid.

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Students walk by construction on Battle, Vance and Pettigrew halls.  The construction project is one of many on UNC’s campus. Most of the projects on campus are funded by the N.C. General Assembly, although some are privately funded. Campus officials are expecting a continued lack of funding since the midterm elections.

Building funds at UNC are unstable

A bleak budget climate prevented the Democratic N.C. General Assembly from appropriating funds toward capital projects at UNC for the current fiscal year. After a Nov. 2 election that handed the assembly to the Republicans for the first time since 1898, University officials fear that politics will become yet another obstacle in the quest for funding.

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