State senators emphasize state worker pay raises in their version of the next $23.9 billion state budget. Like their House counterparts, the Senate omitted any mention of Medicaid expansion. Joseph Coletti analyzes the Senate’s proposals for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio.

Donald van der Vaart raises concerns about the process used to update state rules regarding livestock operations. Brandon Garrett of the Duke Law School touts evidence-based criminal justice.

You’ll learn why Fourth Amendment concerns cropped up during a debate about a bill to help law enforcement officers track missing people. Plus we’ll highlight a proposal to loosen state restrictions on craft brewers.