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House, Senate negotiations ahead on NC budget

Posted June 14, 2012

State budget

— House and Senate Republicans are preparing to work on differences with their competing budget bills for North Carolina state government for the coming year.

The Senate voted 30-19 along party lines Thursday to approve its proposed $20.1 billion spending plan. The Senate version next goes to the House, setting the stage for negotiations between the two sides.

The House approved a plan two weeks ago that spent $127 million more than the Senate.

The two chambers have differing views on spending for the public schools and Medicaid and whether to expand ferry tolls.

Before passing the budget, the Senate voted down a proposed amendment to raise the state sales tax rate. Gov. Beverly Perdue has lobbied for a 0.75-cent increase to generate more money for public education.

The GOP rolled out the amendment to try to put Democrats on the record about their support for tax increases.

“Throughout the budget debate, we’ve heard Democrats fight to raise taxes on job creators, deny improvements to our public schools, ignore major funding shortfalls in Medicaid and resume the same wasteful spending that left our state with a $2.5 billion deficit last year,” Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said in a statement. “In spite of their demagoguery, I’m proud the Senate was able to improve the sound budget we already have in place and make smart investments in our future.”

The compromise plan will go to Perdue, who hasn't been happy with either chamber. She vetoed last year's budget bill, but legislators overturned the veto.

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  • Dukefan1 Jun 15, 2012

    "That's fine if we cut the welfare handouts"

    Does that mean we can stop the "corporate welfare" too?

  • artist Jun 15, 2012

    U2-

    Why not vote for the candidate, not the party?

    There is no one-answer party. Both Dems and Reps have some great ideas... and some bad ones.

  • U2 Jun 15, 2012

    Come next elections please vote Democrat, enough with this craziness that the Republicans are doing. The cut everything that helps the middle class and did everything to help the big business. Enough is enough. Just stop and think, who votes Republican and why.

  • arfamr1007 Jun 15, 2012

    Justathought, while I do not disagree with you, I just think it's important to note that most state employees have 2 jobs. Many of them are still receiving entry level pay from four years ago as well. Never mind some have gotten "promotions" in the interim and have not been allowed to get more than 5% pay raise for their promotion, notwithstanding the number of pay "grades" they jumped.
    fuzzmom
    June 15, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    That's fine if we cut the welfare handouts

  • fuzzmom Jun 15, 2012

    Justathought, while I do not disagree with you, I just think it's important to note that most state employees have 2 jobs. Many of them are still receiving entry level pay from four years ago as well. Never mind some have gotten "promotions" in the interim and have not been allowed to get more than 5% pay raise for their promotion, notwithstanding the number of pay "grades" they jumped.

  • Justathought12 Jun 14, 2012

    A smart investment and a sound budget would be to make it mandatory that each county gives their teachers a very deserved pay raise. They have not recieved a pay raise for at least the last four years. Some have been teaching on beginning teacher pay for that length of time. Its very very sad and the demands put on them just keeps getting more and more. It doesn't weed out the bad teachers, it makes our great teachers work two jobs or find a better paying job.