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House and Senate Dems blast GOP budget proposals

The House and Senate Minority Leaders, Joe Hackney and Martin Nesbitt held a press conference this morning at which they leveled scathing attacks ...
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GOP blocks amendment to help unemployed

Things have now sped past the point of absurdity in the GOP’s vengeful effort to block the renewal of unemployment benefits for 37,000 ...
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It’s official: Senate Approps subcommittees are now just focus groups

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Higher Education met this morning (see the WRAL video here) and confirmed a couple of things ...
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Unemployment benefits stalemate splits jobless family

Greg and Elizabeth Rain Georgaras, two of the 37,000 North Carolinians cut off from their employment benefits four weeks ago, can no longer ...
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House rails greased for Blue Cross version of health exchange bill

The following is from an update sent out last night by the folks at the B.C. Health Access Coalition: By Adam Searing and ...
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Senate Approps Subcommittee on Education posts spending targets

As expected, the state Senate will attempt to squeeze even more out of public education (about $40 million) than was extracted by the ...
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Berger: No plan to restore benefits for 37,000 jobless

Senate GOP Leader Phil Berger said at his weekly press conference this morning that he has no immediate plan of how to deal ...
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Amazing new GOP hypocrisy on the unemployed

It’s bad enough that legislative Republicans have been holding 37,000 families hostage for three weeks by refusing to authorize the continuance of federally-funded unemployment benefits to ...
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Unemployed workers, an update

State Senate Democrats are taking another stab at restoring federal benefits for the 37,000 jobless cut off from their unemployment checks because of ...
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As legislature drags feet, life’s troubles move forward for one of the 37,000 jobless

Chrissy Martin (who asked we not use her real name) used her cell phone this week to call up legislators in Raleigh and ...
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Protests, demonstrations coincide with House budget debate

On the day that House Republicans will vote in lockstep to pass a regressive, back-to-the-bad-old-days budget, perhaps the biggest and most interesting news ...
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Spending Showdown

No one really knows what July 1, the first day of the new fiscal year in North Carolina, will be like if state ...
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Don’t expect an early end to the session

The state Senate just approved a resolution that extends the “crossover deadline” (the date by which bills must pass out of the house ...
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Billboard industry gets its way

Some news reports made it sound like a compromise, but yesterday’s committee appproval of a bill pushed by the “oudoor advertising” industry was ...
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Dems to hold public hearing on unemployment extension

Frustrated with ten unnecessary days of delay from legislative leaders, House and Senate Democrats will be holding their own hearing tomorrow at 2 pm ...
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Fee-for-service government

One of the less well-reported aspects of the House budget under consideration this week is the explosion of new fees that the House ...
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