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House budget universally seen as the “reasonable” approach

The House and Senate still haven’t met on the budget, but talks are starting to heat up. Groups on the right and left made it clear they see the House’s budget proposal as the reasonable one, with the Senate’s radical proposal far out of line with the state’s values. SEANC spoke out for pay raises and cost-of-living adjustments in the House budget. Also, retiree health benefits have become a major topic in the debate, and the Transportation Secretary resigned this week after telling SEANC members in DOT to not lobby for their jobs.

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House budget universally seen as the “reasonable” approach

7.31.2015

The House and Senate still haven’t met on the budget, but talks are starting to heat up. Groups on the right and left made it clear they see the House’s budget proposal as the reasonable one, with the Senate’s radical proposal far out of line with the state’s values. SEANC spoke out for pay raises and cost-of-living adjustments in the House budget. Also, retiree health benefits have become a major topic in the debate, and the Transportation Secretary resigned this week after telling SEANC members in DOT to not lobby for their jobs.

DOT workers lobby to save jobs at General Assembly

7.24.2015

Another week came and went and we’re still nowhere near a finalized state budget. The down time this week gave SEANC members who work in the Department of Transportation all over the state a chance to come down and speak out against a provision in the Senate’s budget that would cut 56 administrative positions in the department.  

Statement from EMPAC Chairman regarding audit results

7.24.2015

The work of the audit team is now complete and I am pleased to report that the findings of the audit - all of which have been made available to SBI investigators and SEANC members - do not in any way suggest that EMPAC funds were mishandled by our former executive director or anyone else for that matter.

General Assembly returns, but makes little progress

7.17.2015

The General Assembly returned to work this week from its summer break, but little happened in the way of real progress on a budget deal between the House and the Senate. The two sides are still far apart on their priorities. 

General Assembly takes a summer break

7.7.2015

The week after Independence Day is normally a time for legislators to tie up loose ends and prepare to end the session and head home. Instead, this year it may just be halftime.

Retiree health care a hot topic ahead of budget conference

6.26.2015

A week later, details of the Senate’s radical budget plan still dominate the talk in Raleigh. As expected, the House voted unanimously Monday not to concur with the Senate, setting up what will likely be a budget war that will stretch through the summer. Also this week, state media finally took note of a provision tucked away in the Senate’s budget that cuts retiree health care benefits for anyone hired after Jan. 1, 2016.

House votes not to concur on HB495; Senate passes radical budget

6.19.2015

SEANC scored a resounding victory on Wednesday when House members stood firmly in support of the integrity of the State Human Resources Act and voted 115-0  not to concur with the Senate’s version of House Bill 495. Then on Thursday, The Senate passed a radical budget that included no across-the-board raises or cost-of-living adjustments.

SEANC awards more than $100,000 in scholarships across the state

6.17.2015

The SEANC Scholarship Foundation and SEANC districts across the state recently announced they are awarding more than $100,000 in awards; $38,500 of that is being given out by the statewide SEANC Scholarship Foundation to 47 well-deserving students.

Senate passes personnel bill giving agency the power to make laws

6.12.2015

With the Senate’s budget still stalled and yet to be announced, SEANC focused once again this week on a harmful personnel bill, House Bill 495, which cedes authority from the General Assembly to the State Human Resources Commission, allowing it to create policies with the effect of law with regard to priority and salary rights of separated employees.

Debate over state employee rights pushed aside

6.5.2015

The House and Senate spent most of their time and attention this week attempting to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s vetos on legislation regarding magistrates and workplace regulation, and had no time to debate a bill SEANC strongly opposes that would change several state personnel statutes.

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