The North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday afternoon to a $19 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts Thursday.
The House and Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to the $19 billion state budget. A final vote is set for Wednesday.
After hammering out an agreement over the weekend, the House and Senate were prepared to approve the 2010-11 state budget before the new fiscal year begins Thursday.
House and Senate negotiators have tentatively agreed on a final budget deal that would eliminate a long-debated tuition subsidy for out-of-state athletes at University of North Carolina system schools.
A new fiscal year begins in 10 days, and state lawmakers are working hard to hammer out the details of a new budget and pass the spending plan by then.
With a potential budget shortfall of $1.2 billion looming, state Senate leaders worked to trim larger line items on Friday.
Gov. Bev Perdue met with legislators on Tuesday to discuss a back-up plan for the state budget if federal stimulus funds don’t materialize.
State lawmakers have allocated an extra $83 million to education, which could lessen the severity of proposed cuts to the University of North Carolina system, UNC President Erskine Bowles said Friday.
UNC President Erskine Bowles said Thursday that poor and minority students would be hit hardest by budget cuts proposed by state lawmakers.
The House has approved its spending plan for North Carolina government that's being billed as either an austere budget for 2010 or a plan that leaves the state unprepared for a $3 billion shortfall in 2011.
The likely loss of about $500 million in federal stimulus funds lawmakers had counted on to balance the 2010-11 state budget means agreeing on a spending plan will be more difficult, they said Tuesday.
A $93 billion package of jobless benefits passed the U.S. House Friday only after Democratic leaders jettisoned a provision that would have provided extra federal economic stimulus money to states.
UNC President Erskine Bowles said a budget proposal approved Thursday by a House subcommittee effectively caps enrollment at the system's 16 higher education campuses.
A House subcommittee on Wednesday went over recommendations for spending $3.9 billion on health and human services in the coming year, but lawmakers said they weren't allowed to make many changes before forwarding the plan to top budget writers.
A state House subcommittee on Tuesday recommended reducing education spending by 3.3 percent in the coming year, a far deeper cut than those proposed by either the state Senate or Gov. Beverly Perdue.
Gov. Beverly Perdue pushed Monday for increased funding for state highway projects, but North Carolina education leaders said public schools should be first in line for more money.
A provision in the state Senate's proposed $19 billion spending plan would allow counties to use proceeds from the North Carolina Education Lottery to temporarily fund teaching jobs.
The state Senate gave tentative approval Wednesday to a $19 billion plan to run North Carolina state government for the coming year that reduces public education cuts at the expense of health care and other programs.
A Senate subcommittee proposed Monday a smaller cut in state spending on public schools and higher education than Gov. Beverly Perdue called for last month, including using excess lottery revenue on college scholarships.
Senate budget-writers unveiled draft proposals Friday to eliminate more health positions then Gov. Beverly Perdue recommended in next year's North Carolina state government spending plan, while adding back funds she sought for local mental health agencies.
North Carolina legislators returned to Raleigh on Wednesday to focus on fixing a state budget that still can't keep up with flagging revenues and to find ways to encourage job creation among small businesses.
Senate Democrats said Tuesday that their budget proposal will contain neither pay raises for teachers nor a bonus for all state employees to pay them back for last year's furlough.
North Carolina legislative leaders are trying to prevent the economic recession from prolonging the General Assembly’s so-called "short" session.
State environmental officials paid a firm to restore a wetlands area that the state DOT already paid to restore.
In an effort to close an $800 million budget shortfall, North Carolina lawmakers are looking everywhere for savings, including up in the air.
Fees charged for camping, swimming and renting picnic shelters in North Carolina state parks are increasing for the first time in six years, according to the state Division of Parks and Recreation.
State leaders and education advocates are raising a red flag when it comes to Gov. Bev Perdue's 2010-11 budget proposal, which calls for a 1.5 percent salary step increase for teachers.
Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget could eliminate a personal care service that would affect thousands of people.
Lawmakers began picking apart Gov. Beverly Perdue's $19 billion budget proposal Wednesday, saying the final state spending plan for the 2010-11 fiscal year will likely be smaller.
Gov. Beverly Perdue's budget plan would cut nearly $1 billion for the coming year by eliminating programs and cutting Medicaid abuse while expanding some programs by nearly as much.
When Gov. Beverly Perdue unveils her budget proposal Tuesday morning, it will include millions of dollars in spending cuts, some new fees and more money for state workers and teachers, legislative sources told WRAL News.
As lawmakers begin the process of erasing a projected $788 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that begins in July, some are already balking at more cuts to programs that were hit hard by last year's budget cuts.
The latest projections call for a budget deficit of $787.9 million for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which begins in July. Previous estimates said the deficit could reach $1.2 billion.
The UNC system might have to eliminate hundreds of faculty positions across its 17 campuses if its budget is cut by 5 percent, President Erskine Bowles said Friday.
Funding for driver's education classes for North Carolina teens isn't included in the state budget for next year, and lawmakers are haggling over who should pay for the classes – if the state can even find money to pay for them.
State lawmakers won't convene for their 2010 session until May, but the state budget is already looming over the General Assembly like gathering storm clouds.
State Budget Director Charlie Perusse has called on state agencies to prepare budgets for the fiscal year that starts in July that anticipate cuts of 3 to 7 percent.