NC General Assembly Week In Review: Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives

Aug 1, 2014

As part of a budget deal struck by the North Carolina General Assembly, lawmakers approved a $10 million grant program form movie and television production studios to film in North Carolina. In 2012, Comedy Central's the Daily Show broadcast from Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention.
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As North Carolina lawmakers are wrapping their “short” legislative session, which dragged on more than a month longer than they’d originally anticipated, they struck a deal on a plan to raise public school teacher pay. They also agreed to replace the state’s expiring credits for movie and television companies with a more modest grant package.

In this interview, WUNC’s Catherine Brand speaks with Capitol Reporter Jorge Valencia about the contentious teacher pay raises, the film incentives and lawmakers’ still-pending attempt to create a plan to prevent contamination from 33 coal ash ponds across the state.