An analysis by WRAL News shows that these re-designated workers are disproportionately concentrated within the hierarchy of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, where McCrory will soon strip employment protections from about 150 directors and managers. In some cases, especially in areas involved in permitting and compliance, employees six levels removed from the DENR secretary now serve in exempt positions.
Meaning, if you do your job like you're supposed to (protecting citizens from toxic nightmares), and not like the "oil is a renewable energy" idiot Skvarla wants you to, you probably won't have a job anymore.
Out of 70 applicants, the recently-disbanded Public Charter School Advisory Council recommended 26 schools. Thursday, the State Board voted to also add for consideration six applicants who were interviewed but not recommended for approval by the council. One school being considered is Providence Charter High School in Rockingham County, applied for by Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., the son of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.
Apparently the Bergermeister's son wants to be a schoolmeister. Proving once again that being a lawyer opens a lot of doors, and some that should probably remain shut. More about the school:
That’s shameful – not so much because it’s a failure to meet a bureaucratic deadline but because thousands of N.C. residents have been left in dire straits in the meantime. Some can barely make mortgage payments, car payments and buy groceries. Others, like Phillip Woods, who needs dialysis three days a week, have seen their savings wither away while they paid attorneys fees for their appeals and struggled with high medication bills. Woods, who lost his job at Childcare Network last August, finally got his hearing and won his appeal in April.
Seven months waiting for benefits you are legally due. Most people probably assume the vast majority of these folks aren't qualified, and are just trying to game the system. But frequently the opposite is true; it's the previous employers who are gaming the system. Some of them have a (probably unwritten) rule to dispute claims whenever they think they can get away with it, if not across the board. And the longer it takes for the appeals process to move forward, the more likely the claimant (who doesn't have access to company documents) will not be able to accurately answer questions related to the case. That's one of the reasons the Federal government sets deadlines:
"I am frustrated with the state," said Beverly Howard, Loaves & Fishes' executive director, "that they would pull something like this out that still has glitches and just assume that the local sources will be able to rise to meet this need." State officials are trying to fix the problems with NC FAST, which was implemented in March. At the same time, SNAP beneficiaries also can expect a reduction in their payments starting in November with the expiration of Recovery Act funding.
These food banks are supposed to work in tandem with programs like SNAP, not as a back-up service. There's no government mechanism to replace the food being depleted from the shelves due to this "glitch", and we can't expect any actions from the Tarheel Taliban to ameliorate the problem. If you can spare it, please give to the Food Banks and/or Loaves & Fishes (Charlotte).
Bottom line? The GOP has been claiming they're fixing an education problem that doesn't exist. And their solution is guaranteed to shred the integrity of North Carolina's public school system. As many have said, their goal seems to be simple: make public schools suck so much that regular people will turn against them.
About 111 teacher assistants have been placed on a rehire list because of reductions in state funding, according to school officials. The state budget reduced spending for teacher assistants by $120 million, or about 21 percent. More than 3,850 teacher assistant positions in grades two and three will be eliminated statewide.
Superintendent Frank Till Jr. said the schools will continue to work hard with limited resources. "As you can see, the numbers don't support claims that our systems are better off," Till said. "We are raising class sizes, terminating people and down on school supplies."
Somebody needs to tell all these school boards and superintendents that Republicans did not cut their funding, and they're getting even more than before! They simply must have misplaced those dollars. Have they looked in all the desks? Or maybe behind the coffeepot in the teacher's lounge? It's got to be somewhere. Maybe it's going here:
The department lacks subpoena power in voting cases, which means it may have to look for evidence of discriminatory intent in emails that private litigants try to obtain through state freedom of information requests. If that doesn’t work out, the DOJ could try a more subtle strategy. “There's plenty of case law where the courts have found intent of racial discrimination because certain decisions aren't explainable unless you take account of race as the motivation,” Crayton said.
Aqua North Carolina is asking state regulators for a 19.15 percent rate increase to raise bills for its water and sewer customers by $240 a year. It’s the third rate case in the past five years for the state’s biggest private water utility, which already charges twice as much as Raleigh, Durham, Cary and many municipalities. Aqua is a publicly traded company admired on Wall Street for its strategy of aggressive rate requests to recover investments in pipes and to reward shareholders.
Not only should the Utilities Commission refuse this rate hike, the Attorney General's office needs to open an investigation into the already hugely exorbitant charges this company is levying on its customers every month.
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