Monday Wrap: It's Senate budget time

Posted June 15, 2015

— The Senate’s budget was rolled out Monday night. Senate leaders said their budget is smaller ($21.47 billion), more fiscally conservative and includes Medicaid reform – along with many policy previsions.

With Medicaid reform, senators want it completed in two years (versus six hears in the House), contract with a mix of managed care or provided care entities, have a mix of statewide and regional contracts so participants have multiple plans to choose from and create a separate authority to run the program.

Other budget highlights include:

  • No across-the-board raises for state employees, but some will receive raises, including state troopers, magistrates and some teachers.
  • Changing the state Department of Environmental and Natural Resources to a regulatory agency named the Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Lowering K-3 class sizes but eliminate most teacher assistants.
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  • Sally Bethune Jun 16, 2015
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    Well that is impressive. You save money at the expense of the children of our state. NO parent would do that! You are destroying the future of our state. What possible good will come from that? Yea, the rich will be richer and the expensive private day schools will be full. But what about the children in Greene County or Stokes County or Nash County and on and on. Who will focus on their needs, who will be their advocates?