The Senate’s $22.2 billion budget features a faster income tax cut, bigger teacher raises and smaller state-employee raises than the spending plan the House approved last month. A final Senate vote was held at 12:05 a.m. Friday – with a 26-13 tally due to absences – and now the House and Senate will begin budget negotiations.Meanwhile, Sen. Joyce Waddell (D-Mecklenburg) offered a bleak anecdote about life for state retirees.
And Democratic Senate leader Dan Blue offered his thoughts:
Sen. Joyce Waddell, a Mecklenburg County Democrat, noted that retirees haven’t received an increase since 2009.
“Some of them are having to eat cat food as a means of their meals,” she said. “The average pension plan for retirees is just $20,000. That is not enough. This is not good business.”
3. Trump supporters and protesters fight at a San Jose rally.
The judges said they don't like the idea of such gerrymandering, but that "the Court's hands appear to be tied" by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a similar case that found "no judicially discernible and manageable standards" for handling such maneuvers. They also noted that the plaintiffs didn't provide a standard they might apply in the case, so they had to deny the objection to the new map.
"The Court's denial of the plaintiffs' objections does not constitute or imply an endorsement of, or foreclose any additional challenges to, the Contingent Congressional Plan," the judges wrote in the eight-page opinion.
More police standing by as a trump supporter is chased pic.twitter.com/d7nQca1kWH— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) June 3, 2016
Protesters and trump supporters are scrapping in the street cause the cops just let them mix after the rally— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) June 3, 2016
Fights between cops and protesters starting pic.twitter.com/TKkNoHiEBy— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) June 3, 2016
Watch: Trump supporter showing off her Trump jersey taunted by protesters right before they egg her in the face. pic.twitter.com/3wt0UqLq9j— Jacob Rascon (@Jacobnbc) June 3, 2016
Watch: The moment a Trump supporter, surrounded by protesters, is egged in the face, hit by other food. pic.twitter.com/qYFdwJWvrS— Jacob Rascon (@Jacobnbc) June 3, 2016
For this, Edgerton got a big old ban from all New Hanover County public schools.
At issue here is the Spanish immersion program in Wilmington, a popular set of classes available only at Forest Hills. For a year, Edgerton has questioned the racial imbalance among students in the program, which to his eye so heavily favor white families that he filed a complaint in January with Assistant Superintendent Rick Holliday.
In it, he spelled out numbers for students in the kindergarten class: 37 white, two black and six Hispanic. He also included details of his May 2015 conversation with Principal Deborah Greenwood, who told him that kids in the Spanish program were selected according to an unwritten, first-come, first-served basis.
5. Updates on the UCLA shooting.
Last month, Edgerton got a letter from Superintendent Tim Markley, giving him notice of his school ban. In it, he noted a parent’s concern that Edgerton may have illegally gotten hold of data about children enrolled in the Spanish program. Edgerton says that’s untrue.
“I’ve never seen a student record that was not my own child’s,” he said. “There was a list (the school system) knew I had that had a phone number on it. I called a parent, and she got upset about how I would see her child’s record. But I didn’t. I saw a phone number.”
To go to Forest Hills for graduation next week, he said, he would need permission from the principal. “The principal is not communicating,” he said.
The murder-suicide at the University of California, Los Angeles, was the latest in a long string of campus shootings, but the fact that professors were specifically targeted heightened what some faculty members said was a growing fear of violence and prompted many to think about experiences they have had that might have angered students.Not going to end on a somber note, so here's a song I've been listening to nonstop recently. Have a good weekend.
New laws in Texas and other states allowing people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses have heightened concerns about gun violence, though concealed carry is still prohibited on most campuses around the country, including those in California. Two prominent faculty members have left the University of Texas at Austin, citing the change, and a third has said he will try to defy the law and bar guns in his classroom.