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Senate committee approves bill exempting some child care facilities from licensure

Lawmakers moved a bill forward Wednesday that would exempt some non-public schools offering before and after school child care from obtaining licensure. House Bill 712, which initially dealt with expert witness compensation, was stripped by Sen. Tamara Barringer (R-Wake) and replaced with language that primarily makes changes to the state’s disability voucher program. But the ...

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Playing the numbers with teacher raises

State lawmakers haven’t decided if the N.C. Education Lottery will be able to double the number of ads it runs and then use proceeds from increased sales to pay for teacher raises. The House and Senate sides of the Republican-led legislature have stark differences in this year’s budget, and one of the biggest areas of ...

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The McCrory-Pope economy

A new report from the experts at the N.C. Budget and Tax Center paints a sobering picture of what the new “recovered” North Carolina economy really means for average people: “North Carolina’s recovery from the Great Recession has been marked by slow job growth and persistent challenges for working families to make ends meet. The ...

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New report examines, critiques NC’s weak (and archaic) campaign disclosure laws

This new report is just in from the watchdogs at Democracy North Carolina: “Disclosure Law Shields State Legislators, Donors As the General Assembly debates who should control the State Bureau of Investigation’s ability to probe political corruption, a new study says many state legislators are shielding themselves – and their donors – from scrutiny by ...

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NC Congressmen press EPA for stricter coal ash standards

As state legislators work to craft a plan to address the future use and disposal of coal ash, a group of congressmen is pushing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to enact stricter standards and enforcement of the toxic substance. Congressmen G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and David Price (NC-04) write in a letter released ...

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Deadline extension means more NC kids can arrive to class ready to learn

Local schools in North Carolina have more time to decide whether they will adopt a universal school meal program for the upcoming school year. Eligible schools now have until August 31, 2014 to decide whether to adopt community eligibility – the initial deadline was June 30, 2014. As I‘ve highlighted previously, the Community Eligibility Program ...

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Charlotte radio host on lottery proposal and “downright nutty words”

ICYMI, Keith Larson of WBT radio in Charlotte has an entertaining post in the Charlotte Observer on the House lottery scheme entitled “Some of the nuttiest words I’ve typed in 12 years here.” As Larson notes: “House Republicans want to give teachers their raise by doubling the advertising budget for the so-called Education Lottery. Yes, I ...

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McCrory refuses to endorse his own view of lottery advertising

Governor Pat McCrory apparently is not willing to agree publicly with himself.  The Associated Press reports that McCrory “declined to say whether he believes raising lottery advertising expenses to get more money is a good idea, saying he won’t negotiate through the press.” The House budget cynically increases the lottery advertising budget to raise more money in ...

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