North Carolina budget

North Carolina's gap in tax revenue compared to the year before keeps getting smaller. The Office of the State Controller reported Tuesday that tax revenues are still down though.

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A report from the state controller Wednesday shows North Carolina's tax revenues are down $477 million compared to the same period a year ago. 

The $477 million represents a 4 percent drop in tax revenue. That's actually an improvement from a few months ago, when the state was down 6 percent.

In a vote of 68 to 46, the House has given its tentative approval of the new state budget. The $21 billion plan also gained the Senate’s approval earlier this morning. As in the Senate, the House debate over the measure got heated.

North Carolina General Assembly building.
NC General Assembly

After a marathon session that ran well past midnight, the North Carolina Senate has approved the state's $21 billion budget. It was just one of a number of bills passed by the chamber. Another was a bill to cap county sales tax rates. WFAE's Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to talk about those two bills.

 

Imagine the nasty notes you’d receive if you were four weeks late on your rent or mortgage.

If a pregnancy went four weeks long doctors would induce labor.

But if you’re a lawmaker, or a whole group of them in Raleigh, and your budget is four weeks late as of today, well…

So what is taking the pressure off lawmakers to get a budget deal done?

Unless you’ve spent your summer on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson you know the issues holding up the budget are teacher pay, teaching assistants and Medicaid payments.

The stalemate over North Carolina’s budget enters its third week. Some progress has been made in the negotiations. But at a committee meeting Monday leaders of the House showed just how far they are from a deal with their Senate counterparts.

North Carolina General Assembly building.
NC General Assembly

North Carolina lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on revisions to the state’s budget,  including how much to raise teacher pay and how to fund those increases. As the rhetoric increased last week, budget negotiators in the state Senate walked out of a meeting with House leaders. Gov. McCrory then vowed to veto anything resembling the Senate's latest budget proposal.  

During an appearance Monday on WFAE's Charlotte Talks, McCrory chided Senate leaders for not listening to teachers and other educators including CMS Superintendent  Heath Morrison, whom House leaders had invited to address lawmakers. McCrory went on to note that educators were on hand to support the unveiling of the House budget plan, which the governor backs, but were absent when Senators proposed their version of the budget.   

WRAL-TV Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie has seen many budget battles in Raleigh and shared some observations on the current negotiations.


As state budget negotiations continued today in Raleigh, Governor Pat McCrory said he would support a House plan to give teachers an average six percent raise.

On Wednesday North Carolina’s House and Senate made a major breakthrough on the state’s budget. There’s no finalized deal yet but one of the major issues looks to have been resolved.

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