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Budget

FIRST ON 3: CFCC facing huge budget cuts; tuition hike likely

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video Just days after graduation, community colleges across North Carolina got news of a potential 12 percent funding cut from the state. Students who rely on scholarships from the North Carolina Education Lottery may also lose funding. Full story...
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NC Senate looking to spend more on UNC system

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The development of a North Carolina state budget is taking a slightly different path now that senators have started meeting in committees after the House approved its plan last week. Full story...
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House budget has state set school layoff policy

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The state budget approved by the North Carolina House includes language that says policy governing impending school layoffs will be set in Raleigh and not by local school boards. Full story...
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PERDUE OP-ED: House budget a rotten apple for educators

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In an editorial, Gov. Bev Perdue has some sharp criticism for legislative leaders and the House budget proposal. Full story...
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Perdue says Democrats will side with her on budget

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Gov. Bev Perdue says she's confident she'll have enough Democrats on her side when a final North Carolina state budget gets to her desk. Full story...
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County budget cuts could clip CFCC

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One thing County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield said will be cut is money to Cape Fear Community College. Barfield says CFCC asked the county for $1.4 million, but the county has allocated only $300,000. Full story...
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Taxes, layoffs are issues in NC House budget

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The House has started its debate on a proposed North Carolina state budget pushed by Republicans who call it a right-sized plan that makes sure government lives within its means. Full story...
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NC House spending plan considered by budget panel

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North Carolina House members are picking at a state budget proposal largely written by Republicans that critics say make deep cuts in public education and health programs but GOP leaders say protects classroom teachers and health services for the poor. Full story...
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Higher fees in NC budget bill gets panel review

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House Republicans are taking the next step toward completing their version of the North Carolina state government budget by next week. Full story...
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THE RANT: New Hanover Co. goes from "financially strong" in February to $1.8 million in the hole in April. How???

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Two months ago, Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield said New Hanover County was "financially strong." Now Barfield says the county is almost $2 million in the hole and wants to raise property taxes. MR. BARFIELD, WHAT IS GOING ON? Full story...
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NC leaders jockey in jobless benefits showdown

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Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue are weighing who'll get the blame if unemployment benefits for about 37,000 long-term jobless workers are cut off. Full story...
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Democrats pan GOP plan for schools, Smart Start

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House Democrats say the $1.2 billion in proposed education cuts next year rolled out by Republican counterparts this week are reckless and could lead to more than 20,000 job losses unless the GOP agrees to extend some of the temporary taxes set to expire. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council looks at ways to tighten budget

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video At a budget work session today, Mayor Bill Saffo said he thinks there will be much debate over changes to the system. He said although the decision to adjust the budget may not be easy, it is necessary. Full story...
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NC education budget options elicit sharp response

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Eliminating $1.3 billion in temporary taxes for next year's North Carolina state budget is leading to some sobering options about where to cut, particularly in public education. Full story...
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GOP legislators say Perdue can't take $100M

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Republican legislators say Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue is threatening the prompt return of income tax refunds to North Carolina residents by borrowing money in a way that violates the state constitution. Full story...
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