NC Session Marked By Coal Ash, Teacher Pay

This year's General Assembly session is almost done. Lawmakers hope to wrap up their work this coming week.

It's expected to complete a two-year period marked as the first in more than 140 years in which the legislative and executive branches were simultaneously under Republican control. It ushered in a rightward shift in state government philosophy on taxes, education and voting procedures.

But the work performed in the 2014 session alone will be labeled by intense infighting among GOP legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory, budget adjustments that passed a month late and coal ash legislation that fell just shy of final passage.

Republicans passed the largest average teacher pay raise in years. Protesters of Republican policies also returned for about a month, leading to dozens of arrests.

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