First Drip (3/18/15): Budget shortfall for Charlotte, UNCC's new bathroom policy, more

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Money's gotten tight again for the city of Charlotte. Thanks to a re-evaluation of property values and state tax changes, officials expect a $15.6 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year. As a result, city manager Ron Carlee is expected to institute a salary and hiring freeze. According to the Charlotte Business Journal: "At one point during Tuesday's meeting, sifting through the financial wreckage, Mayor Dan Clodfelter said, 'The state has basically gutted the revenue system of North Carolina.'"

According to WCNC, UNC Charlotte "quietly" updated bathroom policies to allow faculty, staff and students to use the facilities of that match their gender identity.

The smoking ban in Mecklenburg County kicks off today.

The Presbyterians get it. They've updated their constitution to redefine marriage: "Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives."

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