Budget Director Art Pope said North Carolina is already preparing in case there is another partial federal shutdown in January. However, he tells lawmakers the legislature may need to have a special session if the next stoppage is a long one.
State Budget Director Art Pope says he is "shocked" activists are picketing his company, Variety Wholesalers, to press for change in state policy.
State budget chief Art Pope came face to face with one of his most vocal critics Monday morning while responding to a planned picketing campaign targeting his family's chain of discount stores.
Department of Health and Human Services officials may have violated the North Carolina Constitution when they cut a $37,000 check to an outgoing worker on the job for only a month, personnel experts say.
Some state functions will be affected by the federal government shutdown, McCrory said. State employees funded by federal money will be sent home, the State Budget Director Art Pope says.