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May 16, 2010

Senate budget first look: HHS

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 11:50 PM

Senate spending is higher than governor's, but has more (unspecified) staff reductions. Smaller expectations of savings in some areas, greater use of federal funds in others. In Smart Start and Social Services alone, the senate allocates $30 million in TANF money, but calls it an appropriations cut.

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Senate budget - first look: Transportation

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 11:07 PM

Good news first: the Senate does not include the ridiculous Mobility Fund into which Gov. Perdue would have sunk $99 million this year with plans to triple the annual appropriation within three years.

Transportation funding otherwise looks about the same, so this likely means the Senate also got rid of the 25% to 33% fee increases the governor had to pay for the mobility fund.

See the budget documents online before the Senate wants you to.

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Today in History: May 16.

Posted by Dr. Troy Kickler at 5:26 PM

Today, in 1868, President Andrew Johnson, a Raleigh native, avoided conviction by one vote in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial.  

Editor of the Andrew Johnson papers and contributor to northcarolinahistory.org, Paul Bergeron explains the history of the controversial and much-maligned 17th president.

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