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Retiree health care a hot topic ahead of budget conference

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.

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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.

Attention turns to Senate for employee rights, budget debates

5.29.2015

The madness surrounding the House budget debate last week subsided with its passage, and with the Senate yet to release its proposal, legislators turned their focus to bills that made the crossover deadline this week.

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.

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