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State Budget Standoff Continues As NC Lawmakers Go On Break

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State lawmakers met for a one-day session this week, but in the end, not much has changed. There is still no budget for the current fiscal year as lawmakers enter their longest break in four years.

Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about the budget stalemate and the people it’s impacting most: teachers. While both Democrats and Republicans both wanted teacher raises, they could not come to an agreement on how much.

There was one bit of compromise to emerge from the day-long session. Lawmakers unanimously approved funding that grants college scholarships to children of deceased, disabled, combat, or other wartime veterans. Plus, as the March primary approaches, will North Carolina voters need to bring an ID to the polls? Tiberii shares an update on the legal status of voter ID laws and everything else that is happening, and not happening, in the legislature.

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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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