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Madelyn Van Meter

City & State

NC House leaders and Gov. Cooper propose budgets for next two fiscal years

Increasing state employee and teacher pay are major tenets for both the House Republicans' and the governor's budget proposals. The House budget is a total of $60.7 billion, whereas Gov. Roy Cooper's proposal would invest over $67 billion over the next two years. “Let’s take advantage of our unlimited potential to make sure every North Carolinian can thrive,” Cooper said in a press release.

City & State

North Carolina to tax student loan forgiveness as income

In North Carolina, student loan forgiveness will be taxed as income under state law, the N.C. Department of Revenue announced Aug. 31. Loan forgiveness will not be taxed as income on the federal level, according to the Biden administration.  Gov. Roy Cooper urged Republican legislators  — who hold the majority in the N.C. House of Representatives and Senate  — to exempt these loans from taxation in a Sept. 14 press release. 

City & State

Chapel Hill partners with Solarize the Triangle to bring solar energy to community homes

Solarize Chapel Hill is one of the 11 communities within the Triangle area, including Carrboro, in the Solarize the Triangle initiative.  The initiative is led by Triangle J Council of Governments through the Triangle Sustainability Partnership and Solar Crowdsource — a group of local governments, advocates and nonprofits. Solarize Chapel Hill's goal is to encourage residents to adopt clean energy by promoting education and optimizing the solar panel installation process.

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