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The $1 million mystery: The Senate budget gives a low-risk hazardous waste site a major windfall — at the expense of hundreds of critical projects

Off a stub of Pine Grove Road behind the West End fire station in Havelock, an old sand mine turned wayward recycling facility has become an environmental and civic albatross. The 34-acre former Phoenix Recycling site contains an assortment of wood, metal, plastic and cardboard — plus construction and demolition detritus that has been illegally dumped there since the company closed and declared bankruptcy in 2000.

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House members push to clean up Senate’s budget ‘mess’

As the N.C. House puts together its budget this week, the same thought is on the minds of representatives from both parties.

“It looks like we’re going to have to clean up the Senate’s mess again,” said Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford). “The way it usually works now is that the Senate budget is the low bar, the House budget is more reasonable and we’ll end up somewhere in the middle.”

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Senate slashes DPI; state Superintendent silent

North Carolina’s chief public school administrator may be silent on Senate budget cuts to North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction, but the leader of the state’s top school board says the proposal has the potential to deal major harm to poor and low-performing school districts.

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The Senate budget proposal: A guide to the big picture and the details

The North Carolina Senate is expected to give final approval to its proposed 2017-19 state budget some time very late tonight or early tomorrow. While many details contained in the 361 page bill and the 499 page spending report that accompanies it will not come to light for many days, NC Policy Watch reporters and policy analysts at the NC Budget and Tax Center have been doing their utmost to quickly digest and summarize the proposal.

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General Assembly must still provide $293 million in teacher money to settle class-size debate

On April 27th, the General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, House Bill 13, bringing a temporary reprieve to North Carolina’s great class-size debate. The bill delayed the unfunded class-size requirements by one year, preserving elementary school students’ access to “enhancement courses” such as art, music, technology, and physical education for the 2017-18 school year.

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