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Monday March 20th

N.c. General Assembly

	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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Incumbent Democrat Ellie Kinnaird from Chapel Hill won a clear victory in her race against Republican Ryan Hilliard in the N.C. Senate race.

First GOP assembly since 1898

N.C. Republicans celebrated a victory 112 years in the making Tuesday night. Republican candidates won enough seats to gain the majority in the N.C. Senate, which they have not had since 1898. Unofficial results also show Republicans gaining the majority in the state’s House of Representatives.

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