The N.C. House budget would raise pay for teachers and state employees, cut income taxes for anyone who takes the standard deduction, and boost the state’s rainy-day reserves to $1.4 billion. Becki Gray analyzes these and other elements of the House spending plan for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio.

Jon Guze dissects legal issues that federal courts will resolve in the multiple lawsuits linked to House Bill 2, the so-called “bathroom bill.” Donald Bryson of Americans for Prosperity explains how the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan could lead to higher energy prices for North Carolinians.

The new president of the N.C. Community College System, Jimmie Williamson, discusses a private-sector job that has helped prepare him for his new role in the academic world. Plus you’ll learn why lawmakers are giving the state medical director a new tool to help fight drug overdose deaths.