A little-known piece of the state budget called the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund has become a sticking point in North Carolina’s budget debate. Joseph Coletti explains the SCIF and its potential role in paying for school construction projects across the state.

Mike Schietzelt explains the need for a revamped criminal code in North Carolina. Terry Stoops responds to a legislative proposal to study the “opportunity gap” in N.C. public schools.

Plus you’ll hear highlights from legislative debates over the controversial First Step Act, which would give judges more discretion in sentencing people convicted of drug trafficking offenses, and Sam’s Law, which could help students who suffer seizures in schools.