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State budget negotiations get serious

Posted June 19, 2008

State budget

— Budget negotiations now will begin in earnest after the Senate gave final approval to its own spending plan for state government.

The Senate voted 31-14 on Thursday in favor of the $21.4 billion proposal to adjust the second year of the two-year budget beginning July 1. The House agreed to its own plan two weeks ago.

Senate and House members now will try to get a compromise final budget passed and to Gov. Mike Easley before the end of the month.

The competing plans differ in overall spending by $15 million. But there are differences in where money should be spent.

The Senate shifted more funds to higher education, while the House provided more to expand health care for children in low-income families.


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  • donnied1952 Jun 19, 2008

    I sure do hope they included the $61,000.00 for me to drive them around for 9 days. I'm banking on that one. lol


    Does the new bill include all inclusive trips to Europe for government employees. I think this is a big issue for them.

  • gator nation gal Jun 19, 2008

    Billis - go to this address for a copy of the budget bill.

  • bngexpress Jun 19, 2008

    the 170.000 sure could go along way toward some good pay raises.

  • charlesboyer Jun 19, 2008

    Have they raided the Highway Trust Fund again?

  • billis Jun 19, 2008

    Is there a way to get a copy of the final budget? Is that public information? I've seen supplements and amendments but have never seen a complete budget. Does it exist?

  • whatelseisnew Jun 19, 2008

    Cut the state budget by 10 percent this year. Take 500 million of the dollars you would have handed out and put that in the state employees pay raise bucket- all raises to go to non-management positions. Take 1 billion the money and put it towards roads and infrastructure needs. The remainder; return to the taxpayers.

  • walt4ncsu Jun 19, 2008

    It could be a WHOLE lot worse for state employees. You could be in Tennessee...job hunting.

  • HadEnough Jun 19, 2008

    The state employees will always get the short end until you learn to speak up. Protest, go on "sick out".

  • Stormy13 Jun 19, 2008

    Here we go...... this is where the State Employees really get shafted! The budget will be balanced on our shoulders once again.