Submitted by James Inc. on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 8:13am
You're going to hear joyous news this week, as the Great Senate and House Compromise on Teacher Pay comes to fruition. There will be a token raise for teachers and fewer teaching assistants will be fired, all while destroying public education through reckless charter expansion and vouchers.
We'll be fifth from the bottom instead of rock bottom! Which means the whole process is nothing but a fig leaf, designed to cover Thom Tillis' and his magical private parts.
McCrory heaped praise on House Speaker Thom Tillis for calling teachers and superintendents to testify to the budget conference committee that is working out differences between the House and Senate, while lambasting senators for walking out of the room.
"I am disappointed that the Senate walked out on superintendents and teachers," McCrory said after meeting with his Education Cabinet at Shaw. "We need to listen to them, not walk out on them."
That's what you get when you've got a collection of playground bullies running the show in the Legislature. Declaring victory is more important than arriving at any kind of consensus, and the only sure thing you can count on is someone's going to get a wedgie.
Top officials [at NC DHHS] are about to embark on another "listening tour," according to a set of slides that Sandy Terrell, the Division of Medical Assistance's acting chief operating officer, presented at the North Carolina Institute of Medicines annual conference this month. It's unclear where and to whom the agency will be listening. Also unclear is what Terrell meant when she wrote that there would be "changes within the Division of Medical Assistance."
The Department of Health and Human Services refused a request to make Terrell or anyone else available to talk about pending changes in Medicaid, saying that an announcement was coming.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 4:00pm
Thanks to Sen. Stein's LA, Candy Finley, for the list of those from the Senate on the Conference Committee from Senate Bill 402, Appropriations Act of 2013:
Here are the Senate appointees:
Sen. Peter S. Brunstetter, Chair
Sen. Harry Brown
Sen. Neal Hunt
Sen. Tom Apodaca
Sen. Bill Rabon
Sen. Ralph Hise
These men will join a group from the House to determine a final budget for the 2013-14 legislative budget. "The House and Senate have each appointed the conferees who will serve as the committee to work out the differences between the spending plans approved by each chamber. The state must have its budget adopted and approved by Gov. Pat McCrory before midnight June 30 to avoid any interruption of government services..."
He is wealthy, though. And powerful. In fact, he probably has more political influence over your life than anyone else in the state of North Carolina. This includes the governor, the legislators or even the Rev. Billy Graham.
He’s like Billy Graham, though, in that he preaches a gospel. It’s a Horatio Alger story of pulling one’s self up by the bootstraps. That’s peculiar, since he inherited his money from his family, which started the Pope’s five-and-ten cent chain in Fuquay-Varina and later bought up the Roses variety stores. And he’s like the governor in that he successfully steers policy in our state. Patrick McCrory named Pope his chief budget writer on Dec. 20, so there’s no question of Pope’s influence...
Submitted by Martha Brock on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 3:49am
------------------------------------------------------------ Original Message Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange Co.) replied to from Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake Co.)
From: Rep. Nelson Dollar
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 11:33 PM
To: Martha Brock; lauriecoker; Rep. Verla Insko
Cc: Mary Annecelli; Emma Thorne; Bonnie Jo Schell; Chris Fitzsimon
Subject: RE: Collaborative letter for LOC and for local legislators
There have been no additional cuts or reductions to the Medicaid budget. Reports and speculation flying around this week are incorrect.
Submitted by HallStyle on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 11:09am
I want to thank Governor Perdue for standing up and fighting the Republican Budget. I am ashamed that 5 Democrats decided to do what was in their best "Political Interest" instead of what is best for the State of North Carolina and the citizens of North Carolina. Make no mistake this Budget takes our state in the Wrong Direction!
The Republicans claim that their budget protects the class rooms but all they do is force the Local Governments to take on more of the burden of making those cuts. A burden that they can't afford to bare.
The Republicans have cut funding to Early Childhood education that really helps low income families and minorities, but the Republicans could careless. All the while Tom Tillis gives his staff Raises, teachers across the state are going to get Pink Slips! It's unforgiveble!
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