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No Room For Dissent In The New State Budget Plan

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Republican legislative leaders released their plan for the state budget late Monday. The bill includes a 6.5 percent average pay hike for teachers, raises for full-time state employees, and a $60 million fund for continued Hurricane Matthew recovery.

What the budget does not include, however, is much room for debate. State Republican leaders have said they plan to refuse budget amendments and the process is closed to public input. House Minority Leader Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake) has called the process “secretive,” and critics have characterized it as dictatorial.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest.

Laura Pellicer is a digital producer with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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