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RALEIGH — Teachers and retirees are suffering without a budget in place, two freshman Democratic lawmakers said during a March 10 news conference. A spokesman for the Republican leader of the Senate said the General Assembly has passed a budget, but obstinate Democrats — including Gov. Roy Cooper — continue blocking the spending plan from taking effect.

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RALEIGH — Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has food pantries on its campuses — for its teachers.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s budget stalemate is seriously affecting its public universities and may even cause enrollment cuts at three institutions participating in a reduced tuition program, say leaders of the University of North Carolina System.

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As a political junkie, I get lots of email pleas from politicians and political advocacy groups. Today, I got one from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Well, not exactly. That’s what the “from” header said, but the message was signed “Team AOC” and delivered via Daily Kos.

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RALEIGH — Money is tight at N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

The department has been battling financial woes after the budget stalemate threw Medicaid transformation into chaos and sent the department scrambling to make the existing budget work for the upcoming fiscal year.

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RALEIGH — Leaders of the University of North Carolina System are feeling “grim,” in the words of one official presentation, after state lawmakers’ latest one-day trip to Raleigh. Legislators embroiled in a political standoff have failed to pass a budget that would fund the university’s priorities.

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RALEIGH — The General Assembly is going home without raising teacher pay and without passing a full budget.

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RALEIGH — Members of the N.C. General Assembly may meet for only one day this week — Tuesday, Jan. 14 — and will potentially hold a vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto. According to plans, anyway.

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RALEIGH — The 2019 session of the N.C. General Assembly began Jan. 9, both in the House and the Senate. The session ended on Halloween, which was Wednesday, Oct. 31. Lawmakers left without a budget, failing to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto, which came in June. To date, Cooper has vetoed 37 bills — 23 of which the General Assembly has overridden. During the session, however, lawmakers passed a host of mini-budgets, redrew N.C. legislative districts under a court order, and funded teacher pay and other raises for state workers.

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RALEIGH — Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, R-Wilkes, said one of his teaching colleagues inadvertently took a pay cut.

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