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Wednesday Wrap: Shifting into overdrive

Posted May 28, 2014

— The House moved legislation that would open North Carolina up to natural gas drilling through two committees and a floor vote in less than 24 hours Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a tax overhaul bill could be on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk by the end of the week after getting initial Senate approval. A final vote, and a House concurrence, is expected Thursday.

Senate leaders rolled out a new teacher pay plan that gives teachers the choice of keeping their tenure rights or hopping on a new salary scale that provides hefty raises. Republican lawmakers also backed changes to ease reading comprehension testing requirements for third-graders.

All of this while the 2014-15 budget rumbles forward to its first public airing in a Senate committee Thursday.

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  • tayled May 29, 2014

    Every person who votes for fracking should be asked if they would mind a fracking drill operation to be put on their property.

  • tayled May 29, 2014

    What harm would it do to give the teachers the 11% pay hike and not touch teacher tenure? Will cutting out tenure save the state any money? I don't think so. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, our best teachers should be our highest paid state employees. The Legislature and the Governor need to remember that without good teachers, NONE of them would be where they are today.

  • New Holland May 29, 2014
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    How this Fracking mess even sees the light of day is beyond me. Has anyone in the Senate seen the mess that's occurred in PA, and believe that the industry has worked out all the issues.
    This looks a whole lot like the coal ash mess issue we are seeing today. The Fracking could be our children's coal ash in 30yrs.
    Do we want to go down that rabbit hole for generations to come when water is our #1 resource anyway.

  • sfhcolumbia May 28, 2014

    They are at it again! Good grief!