NCDP Clips for Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Happy Friday….Senator Hagan’s amendment to restore tuition-assistance to active duty military personnel has passed through Congress. However, if the GOP in the NCGA have their way, there could be one less UNC System school for them to attend. Your Friday Clips:


WRAL – UNC system could lose campuses
Lawmakers are considering the possibility of eliminating one or two campuses in the University of North Carolina system, a top Senate budget-writer said Thursday.
Gov. Pat McCrory called for a $135 million cut in funding for the UNC system in the 2013-14 budget proposal he rolled out on Wednesday.

DURHAM HERALD SUN – UNC system to take hit under McCrory’s budget proposal
The UNC system would lose about $138 million in state funding next fiscal year under a budget proposal released by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday.
UNC system President Tom Ross reacted with concern to the news, warning that a budget cut of that magnitude, amounting to a 5.4 percent reduction, would have grave consequences.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Senate: NC’s budget likely OK’d by mid-May
A top Senate budget-writer says Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposal this week for North Carolina government spending is a good start but says the General Assembly now must draw up its plan with the potential input of 170 different legislators.

Sen. Pete Brunstetter of Forsyth County on Thursday laid out the next steps for getting a two-year state budget to McCrory that he can sign before the new fiscal year begins July 1.


THE TIMES-NEWS – State senators push forward to cancel Dix deal
A North Carolina Senate panel wants a 3-month-old deal to lease grounds of the now-closed Dorothea Dix mental hospital to the city of Raleigh torn up and renegotiated at a higher price.

WRAL – Dix bill debate angers Apodaca
Things got heated Thursday morning at a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting on the proposal to tear up the state’s contract with Raleigh for the Dorothea Dix property.
Sergeants-at-arms and the committee chairman had to intervene in a confrontation between a lawmaker and a witness.


NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory administration backs down from pink-striped licenses
After weeks of criticism from civil rights lawyers and immigrant advocates, the state Division of Motor Vehicles revealed Thursday that it has removed an unpopular pink stripe from the design of driver’s licenses that will be issued, starting next week, to young immigrants in a federal program that postpones their deportation.


NEWS & OBSERVER – Bill would allow non-lawyer district court judges
If you want to be a judge, should you have to know enough about the law to pass that little thing called the bar exam and be an actual lawyer?
You wouldn’t if a group of Republican legislators get their way.

WRAL – GOP majority moving agenda along quickly
With a majority in the state House and Senate and the sitting governor in Pat McCrory, Republican leaders are able to move legislation from idea to law more quickly this spring than in recent memory.


NEWS & RECORD – Congress spares military’s tuition aid program
Congress has spared from the budget knife a program that provides tuition aid to active duty military.
The House cleared a massive spending bill today that includes a provision restoring the program for the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. The legislation passed on a bipartisan 318-109 vote and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Two senators — Democrat Kay Hagan of Greensboro and Republican Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma — fought to preserve the program that allows active military to attend school part time while serving.


Clay Pittman
North Carolina Democratic Party
Twitter: @ClayPittman