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General Assembly hears your voice on pay raises, but more calls are needed

The budget negotiators in the House and Senate continued to work toward a compromise this week, and while some progress was made and only about $300 million actually separate the two sides, the chambers are far apart on how to bridge that final gap.

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General Assembly hears your voice on pay raises, but more calls are needed

7.18.2014

The budget negotiators in the House and Senate continued to work toward a compromise this week, and while some progress was made and only about $300 million actually separate the two sides, the chambers are far apart on how to bridge that final gap.

General Assembly continues to discuss budget; SEANC members, contact lawmakers now for pay equity!

7.11.2014

More than a week into the new fiscal year, the General Assembly has yet to pass a budget, and while the conference committee has been meeting regularly, negotiations are moving slowly. So far, budget conferees have come to a tentative agreement on a several key subjects, including Medicaid, lottery advertising and teacher tenure. They have not, however, come to an agreement on pay raises, including those for teachers and other state employees or retirees.

As these negotiations continue, SEANC members and lobbyists are strongly advocating for lawmakers to provide equal pay raises to teachers and other state employees, as well as a 1.9-percent cost-of-living adjustment for retirees.


General Assembly hopefully moving closer to budget

7.3.2014

Despite hopeful statements by lawmakers earlier in the session that a new spending plan would be in place by the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year and the session would be wrapped up by the Fourth of July holiday, there appears to still be at least a week to go.

While the General Assembly won't return to work until after the Fourth of July holiday weekend, on Wednesday, the members of the budget conference committee came to an agreement on Medicaid, came closer to an agreement on lottery revenue, and indicated they are nearly ready to begin negotiating other items such as state employee and retiree raises.

Hurry up and wait. Budget, pension secrecy bills stall

6.27.2014

The General Assembly’s budget conference committee continues to meet, but has yet to come to an agreement about how to pay for priorities such as state employee pay increases and retiree cost-of-living adjustments.

In the meantime, the legislature has continued to take up other bills and matters important to state employees, most notably an alternative budget approved by the House and the pension secrecy bill.

SEANC awards more than $120,000 in scholarships across state

6.26.2014

The SEANC Scholarship Foundation and 52 districts across the state recently announced they are awarding more than $120,000 in scholarships to help more than 100 SEANC members, spouses and dependents attend college this year.

Of that $120,000 in awards, $38,000 is being given out by the statewide SEANC Scholarship Foundation to 46 well-deserving students. Congratulations to all our winners, both on the state and district levels.

SEANC continues fight against pension secrecy, for increased transparency

6.26.2014

SEANC continues to fight back attempts to keep secret the deals Treasurer Janet Cowell is making with Wall Street money managers with North Carolina’s $87 billion Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System.

On Wednesday, Senate Bill 878, a companion to House Bill 1209, came up in the Senate Pensions, Retirement and Aging Committee meeting, but after SEANC's Legislative Affairs Director Ardis Watkins and Sen. Shirley Randleman (R-Wilkes) took a stand in favor of transparency, no vote was taken.

Budget process stalled as House committee acts on pension secrecy

6.20.2014

The North Carolina General Assembly is at a stalemate as Senate and House leaders are at odds over several key provisions in their respective proposals for the 2014-15 budget. Among the issues separating the two chambers are pay raises for state employees and retirees.

In the meantime, despite SEANC speaking out against House Bill 1209 at a House State Personnel Committee meeting Wednesday, the panel gave a favorable report to the measure, which would continue to allow the state treasurer’s office to keep secret its contracts and all associated fees with investment managers for the state pension system.

N.C. House budget includes higher pay raise, COLA & bonus paid leave

6.13.2014

The N.C. House passed its version of a 2014-15 spending plan this morning.

The House spending plan calls for a true $1,000 increase in base salary for employees, as well as five days of paid leave. The House budget also calls for a 1.44 percent cost-of-living-adjustment for retirees.

The budget will now go to conference committee to work out differences between the House and Senate versions. Despite threats by the Senate to leave town without a budget, House Speaker Thom Tillis says he expects the General Assembly to finish its process by the end of next week, at which point the bill will head to Gov. Pat McCrory for his consideration.

N.C. House budget better for state employees, retirees

6.10.2014

The N.C. House presented its budget proposal on Tuesday, and while not perfect it is a vast improvement over proposals from the N.C. Senate and the governor's office. State employees would receive a true $1,000 pay increase in the House plan and retirees would receive a 1.44-percent cost-of-living adjustment. Teachers would receive an average raise of 5 percent in the House plan.

N.C. House begins budget deliberations

6.6.2014

After releasing its proposed 2014-15 spending plan late last Wednesday night, the Senate wasted no time approving it on a largely party line vote shortly after midnight Saturday.

Upon receiving the Senate’s budget proposal, the chairmen and vice chairmen of the House Appropriations Committee spent the weekend and into Monday in their own budget discussions. Then, in contrast to the Senate, they convened the appropriations subcommittees to begin work on their proposals. That work has continued throughout the week.

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