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Lottery deal struck, but budget progress remains elusive

Posted July 9

— After a tense morning meeting marked by finger-pointing and a walkout, House and Senate budget negotiators made a slight step forward toward a deal in a short meeting Wednesday afternoon. 

House leaders offered – and Senate leaders accepted – a compromise on lottery revenue numbers.

House leaders had proposed doubling the amount of money the lottery spends on advertising in order to increase ticket sales, but the proposal came with strings attached in the form of new restrictions on lottery advertising that would have limited the increase in revenue to $29.5 million.

Senate leaders wouldn't accept that proposal.

Senior House budget writer Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, said House leaders "believe that is still a very good and very valid idea." But, he added, "in order to help move the process along," House negotiators would remove the additional $29.5 million from their projected bottom line.

"I appreciate the compromise," Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, responded. "That’s a big sticking piece that we’ve been trying to settle for a few days."

Brown said the Senate would come up with another offer and encouraged House negotiators to work on a new offer of their own.

Tensions from the morning's conflict, however, were still evident.  

During the lunch break, someone on the Senate staff decorated the meeting room with Christmas wreaths and lights, a reference to earlier threats by negotiators on both sides to stay till Christmas to get their way.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, walked around the room before the meeting began, handing out lumps of coal to House members.

The two negotiating teams are planning additional public meetings Thursday.

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  • btneast Jul 10, 12:31 p.m.

    it was going "towards" education and dummies like myself voted for it to raise teacher salaries etc when actually it replaced the budget and that $$$ was blown elsewhere..

    Lesson learned I guess?

  • btneast Jul 10, 12:04 p.m.

    ABC and Lottery should not get tax dollars for advertising. The stuff sells itself

    They don't, never have used "tax" dollars. They use the revenue from their sales.

  • btneast Jul 10, 11:34 a.m.

    How about making the richest pay more taxes to help NC's children. Why give the rich loop holes and tax breaks

    Sigh....so many misconceptions out there.......the reality is that the top 50% in income pay 97% of all federal income taxes. The top 25% pay 87%, and the top 5% pay 58 % of all income taxes. Most of the bottom 50% pays little to no tax. Google it, there are many sources, so pick the one you believe the most. Secondly, you actually lose some deductions as your income increases. I've had 2-3 very good years of income over the past 20 years, and was surprised when my accountant told me how much I could write off was reduced because of my income that year. Talk to an accountant and educate yourself.

  • btneast Jul 10, 11:25 a.m.

    Why a lottery? Clearly most people in NC are not gamblers. It is sad and absurd to add more money to advertise something folks obviously DO NOT want.

    I have never played the lottery, but the numbers it generates say quite a few people like it, so it is NOT obvious that folks don't want it.....

  • Sally1023 Jul 10, 10:55 a.m.

    Why a lottery? Clearly most people in NC are not gamblers. It is sad and absurd to add more money to advertise something folks obviously DO NOT want. Less money for schools more money for advertisement agencies and the TV and radio stations who run the ads. Could this State be more upside down. How about making the richest pay more taxes to help NC's children. Why give the rich loop holes and tax breaks and give our child the shaft?

  • Luv2Camp Jul 10, 10:01 a.m.

    I agree with DK12. The lottery should go.

  • wildpig777 Jul 10, 8:21 a.m.

    I ve said it before and i'll say it again - state employees and teachers have not had a friend in Raleigh in the last 50 years.

  • archmaker Jul 10, 8:08 a.m.

    Lottery deal: Republicans will not mention that they are using lottery money to replace state funding rather than supplement it - the very thing they complained about for over a decade.

  • Boogalooboy Jul 10, 12:40 a.m.

    the lottery was not as advertised. If you remember it was going "towards" education and dummies like myself voted for it to raise teacher salaries etc when actually it replaced the budget and that $$$ was blown elsewhere.. Would love to know where..

  • Just_me123 Jul 9, 11:22 p.m.

    As a state employee I'm very disappointed with the immaturity shown by those who thought it amusing to display Christmas decor due to the lack of cooperation on both sides. Please act professional and represent the people of NC in such a manner rather than wasting time with decorations displayed in poor taste or walking out. I think I speak for all of NC in saying get it together, negotiate, and come up with a plan; the state employees depend on it.

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