Raleigh, N.C. — Senate appropriations subcommittees met much of Tuesday ripping the House's $21 billion budget apart, criticizing its plan to fund teacher raises with lottery funds and its calculation of how much money would be needed to fund the Medicaid program.
Still, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis both pledged to a crowd of school voucher supporters that they would find $7 million to $8 million in the budget to expand the number of vouchers available for the 2014-15 school year.
A bill that would require Duke Energy to clean up all of its coal ash sites statewide received its initial approval in a Senate committee and shifts to the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. A Duke representative questioned the timeline the bill sets out for the cleanup.
Meanwhile, a House committee approved a bill that would require moped drivers to register and insure their vehicles. It moves to the House Finance Committee.