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Negotiators reach compromise of $750 bonus for state employees

The General Assembly passed another continuing resolution on Thursday to extend the budget debate to Sept. 18, but not before an announcement that an agreement on a $750 bonus for all state employees this year had been reached. The bonus equates to around a 1.75% pay increase for the average state employee.  

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Negotiators reach compromise of $750 bonus for state employees

8.28.2015

The General Assembly passed another continuing resolution on Thursday to extend the budget debate to Sept. 18, but not before an announcement that an agreement on a $750 bonus for all state employees this year had been reached. The bonus equates to around a 1.75% pay increase for the average state employee.  

House and Senate still at odds over raises

8.21.2015

House and Senate leaders decided on a bottom-line spending amount for the budget — $21.735 billion — at a breakfast meeting with Gov. Pat McCrory at his mansion on Tuesday. But they decided little else on a state budget that is now almost two months overdue. With state employee raises and retiree COLAs in jeopardy, SEANC Is asking members to reach out to their lawmakers. 

Budget deal may finally be in sight

8.14.2015

The longest budget debate in 13 years may finally be nearing a conclusion. House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday he expects a deal to be hashed out in the next week. State employee raises and retiree cost-of-living adjustments are, as expected, one of the sticking points in negotiations.

Senate starting to “budge” on state budget

8.7.2015

Finally, there was some movement on the state budget this week. The Senate this week conceded that it would pull Medicaid reform and Economic Development plans out of the budget negotiations if the House would agree to a cap of $21.64 billion. Senate leaders hope to have a deal in place by next Friday, but the House is less optimistic. 

Statement from SEANC Director Mitch Leonard on the Indictment of Former Director

8.3.2015

The following is a statement from SEANC Executive Director Mitch Leonard on the indictment of former executive director Dana Cope. 

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.

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