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Budget extension beats midnight deadline

Posted June 30, 2015

— State lawmakers now have another 45 days to pass a budget for 2015-16.

By a 43-0 vote and with little debate Tuesday morning, the Senate approved a continuing resolution that House members voted for late Monday.

Gov. Pat McCrory was able to sign the CR into law well before the budget deadline at 11:59 p.m.

The measure continues current funding levels at 100 percent, and adds about $100 million for enrollment growth in schools.

But Sen. Gladys Robinson, D-Guilford, said possible "adjustments" in school funding mentioned in the measure will leave local school officials uncertain about hiring teachers or teacher assistants until the final spending plan is in place.

"The school systems still don’t understand or don’t know what their real allocation is," Robinson said. "They are really just taking a chance right now."

The new budget deadline will be Aug. 14, and Robinson. asked Senate Republicans to make sure that deadline is firm.

"We started in January expecting this to be done by June 30. That’s our responsibility," she said. "You committed to us that we would do this on budget and on time. Now is the time."

Given that both chambers have agreed to take the first week of July off, the deadline extension gives House and Senate leaders about five weeks to work through their differences on spending, Medicaid reform and major tax changes.

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  • Theo Bishop Jul 1, 2015
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    When republicans took office they promised they would have everything worked out and they don't. It seems they are worse than the democrats in office. At lease when the democrats are in office all state employee's get a raise and we don't get new taxes add on to us.

  • Norman Lewis Jul 1, 2015
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    This issue is the same problem the federal government has in that a budget deadline is not really a deadline if you can extend it whenever you want like a budget is not really a budget if you can get extensions any time you want. Or I suppose the correct term is "stop gap spending measure" which really means, we poorly managed the budget and now need additional funding. They had plenty of time but if they know the end date is not really the end date for deliberations, there is no incentive to finish on time. Anyone have a figure on how many times in the last 20 years has the budget been presented on time to the Governor? I mean without post signing "amendments" that totally destroy the integrity of the budget.

  • Dolly Butler Jun 30, 2015
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    But Sen. Gladys Robinson, D-Guilford, said possible "adjustments" in school funding mentioned in the measure will leave local school officials uncertain about hiring teachers or teacher assistants until the final spending plan is in place.

    "The school systems still don’t understand or don’t know what their real allocation is," Robinson said. "They are really just taking a chance right now."

    I cry Foul !!

    Read more at http://www.wral.com/budget-extension-beats-midnight-deadline/14746724/#lZsJGBSAYEAr4zxO.99

  • Todd Whitmer Jun 30, 2015
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    I don't know about you, but I don't get vacation time ify job isn't done. An extension isn't progress. I say deny them their vacations until this gets worked out. Besides, how much flipping time off so these nimrods get?

  • Vinnie Paul Jun 30, 2015
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    .... and off on vacation they go. Enjoy!