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Final Budget Prioritizes Pay Increases for Teachers and State Employees, Invests an Additional $1.5B in Public Education, Further Reforms Taxes, and Other Initiatives That Will Have a Dramatic Impact on Western North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson), announced Monday some of the budget highlights that could most affect the western portion of the state. Although the Governor recently vetoed the budget that recently passed both chambers, he is optimistic that these provisions will withstand the next phase of budget negotiations.

Funding is for new schools or repairs/upgrades to existing schools

RALEIGH, N.C. – The proposed 2019-21 budget released this week by the North Carolina General Assembly includes $42 million in capital funding for Asheville City, Henderson County, Buncombe County, and Transylvania County schools. The resources could be used for either new schools or repairs and updates to existing schools.

Arrestees with an ICE detainer request must appear before a magistrate judge

Bill only applies to illegal immigrants already in custody for committing a crime

Raleigh, N.C. – The Senate passed a bill today that requires all North Carolina sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when dealing with suspected illegal immigrants already in jail for committing other crimes that have detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Senate Bill 535, a $2M Appropriation, and Months of Negotiations Pave the Way for Historic Land to Become Western North Carolina State Park

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) filed Senate Bill 535 in April that authorizes the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) to add a new park unit, Pisgah View State Park, to the State Parks System.

Raleigh, N.C. – Over the past few months, a debate has raged as a bill moves through the legislature that would require North Carolina sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and honor detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).