by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH, N.C. — On August 26, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper proposed a $25 billion General Fund budget to expand Medicaid, increase unemployment benefits, give teachers higher bonuses, and cut funding to Opportunity Scholarships. Republicans immediately blasted Cooper’s spending plan, calling it a risky “spend now, pray later” proposal.…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The COVID-19 pandemic could still threaten the long-term stability of state employee pensions, even though the state pension plan has recovered from the stock market crash, the state treasurer says. The stock market’s comeback has lifted North Carolina’s pensions toward record levels, State Treasurer Dale Folwell…

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by Julie Havlak RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolinians know more about COVID-19 hospitalizations than they did a week ago. But data critical to the fight against COVID-19 remain missing from North Carolina’s dashboard, researchers say.  North Carolina’s new dashboard shows a regional picture of hospital capacity and COVID-19 hospitalizations. The state began breaking down COVID-19…

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