Weekly Wrap: Beefs over health plan, ed spending

Posted February 5, 2016

— It was a spat-filled week, with disputes over proposed changes to the State Health Plan and how the Department of Public Instruction spends state tax dollars.

State Health Plan officials have proposed eliminating a popular plan for state workers and retirees and even eliminating coverage for spouses as ways to cut costs, but the board has put voting on such changes on hold after an outcry from worker groups and lawmakers.

Meanwhile, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson got into a he said, she said battle over money for elementary school reading programs and DPI staffing.

Not to be outdone, the North Carolina Supreme Court has settled a spat between Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly over appointments to some state commissions. Although the court sided with McCrory on who has power over the Coal Ash Management Commission and two other panels, justices didn't give him the sweeping victory he had hoped for.


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