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House approves budget with raises, COLAs, extra leave

After a whirlwind week of committee meetings and floor debate, the House passed its budget proposal in the wee hours of Friday morning that includes a 2-percent pay increase and 40 hours of bankable leave for state employees and a 2-percent cost-of-living adjustment for retirees.

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House approves budget with raises, COLAs, extra leave

5.22.2015

After a whirlwind week of committee meetings and floor debate, the House passed its budget proposal in the wee hours of Friday morning that includes a 2-percent pay increase and 40 hours of bankable leave for state employees and a 2-percent cost-of-living adjustment for retirees.

Budget dance in full swing as House prepares to release its proposal

5.15.2015

The House is expected to make its proposal public on Sunday night, so it can be debated in a House Finance Committee meeting Monday. The House Appropriations Committee will likely spend most of Tuesday considering amendments. Then it is House Speaker Tim Moore’s hope to have it approved Friday, in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

Leaders tout $400 million surplus publicly, downplay it privately

5.8.2015

This week, as leaders from both the House and Senate and Gov. McCrory praised the announcement of a $400 million revenue surplus, leaders of the House Appropriations Committee were telling SEANC “don’t get your hopes up” that the surplus will go to much needed raises for state employees and cost-of-living adjustments for retirees.

SEANC fights to clean up worker rights bill before crossover deadline

5.1.2015

SEANC had just one bill to be concerned with ahead of Thursday’s crossover deadline, but it was a big one. House Bill 495, an attempt by Gov. McCrory’s administration, particularly the Office of State Human Resources, to change key parts of the statutes that govern state employment and personnel rights, had to pass the House this week in order to survive the session.

SEANC stands up for workers' rights, privacy

4.24.2015

SEANC Government Relations Director Ardis Watkins spoke out Wednesday at the House State Personnel Committee’s meeting over an attempt by the Office of State Human Resources to rewrite several portions of the State Human Resources Act by sneaking the changes into an amendment of what they said was largely a technical corrections bill.

Legislature returns; Leonard meets with Gov. McCrory

4.17.2015

SEANC Executive Director Mitch Leonard met with Gov. Pat McCrory at the capitol on Thursday, his first meeting with McCrory as executive director. With budget negotiations right around the corner, pay raises and cost-of-living adjustments are chief among SEANC’s concerns.

SEANC releases audit report

4.11.2015

SEANC is in receipt of the audit conducted by Bond Beebe, a respected national accounting firm retained by SEIU to conduct a thorough investigation of our financial systems and processes. On behalf of the SEANC Executive Committee, Executive Director Mitch Leonard is providing the audit executive summary for your review. 

Gas tax bill passes without DOT layoffs

4.2.2015

The House and Senate approved a compromise gas tax bill this week, sending it to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk for his signature. Unlike the original proposal, this bill contains no layoffs from the Department of Transportation, though it will leave cut 40 empty positions.

Lawmakers look to privatize ferries

3.27.2015

Despite a mound of evidence to the contrary, including a report last year showing how it would actually be more costly and less efficient in prison maintenance, lawmakers continue to bring up the idea of privatizing vital public services. This time the target is the Department of Transportation’s ferry services.

SEANC lobbyists meeting with legislators, advocating for jobs & raises

3.20.2015

Two weeks after Gov. Pat McCrory presented the General Assembly with his $21.5 billion spending plan for 2015-16, House budget writers are busy crafting their own proposal. More details will begin to take shape as the April 15 tax filing deadline makes the state's revenue picture clearer.

What is being discussed in the General Assembly right now are the questionable merits of privatization and the lack of efficiency and savings being provided by private vendors.

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