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N.C. lawmakers need to approve stopgap spending plan

Posted June 29, 2009

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— Time's running out in North Carolina's fiscal year, which ends Tuesday. Without a new budget in place, the Legislature is trying to complete a stopgap spending plan to buy some time.

The House scheduled debate Monday night on a so-called "continuing resolution" that directs how Gov. Bev Perdue and state agencies can spend while there's no final budget in place.

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Once the bill passes the House, it will return to the Senate.

There could be some negotiating, because the House plan would give lawmakers two extra weeks to work out a two-year deal. The Senate plan, passed last week, proposed no deadline.

Budget negotiations, meanwhile, have been at a stalemate over how to raise nearly $1 billion in revenue for the next fiscal year.

The House would like to generate most of the money through higher sales and income taxes. The Senate prefers to lower the tax rates but tax more services.

Senior budget writers from both chambers said Monday afternoon that they were reviewing a proposed plan. Still, it's unlikely the plan will go up for a vote and be approved before July 1.

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  • time4real Jun 29, 2009

    when are YOU PEOPLE going to let our wanna be leaders know you're fed up? or are you just going to sit around and moan on blogs where they don't hear you??

  • fedupin benson Jun 29, 2009

    Ready for a RECALL ELECTION yet?

  • Here kitty kitty Jun 29, 2009

    Tell them if they don't get it done by the deadline they meet without any payment or compensation...period!!!!

  • Garnerwolf1 Jun 29, 2009

    Approx 50% of people in this country pay (income)taxes and about 50% don't. (Of the 50% that do, only a single digit percentage, imo, pay what's actually due but that's another blog). The group that doesn't pay tax wants to keep the gov't faucets flowing to them. The group that pays wants them shut off. Politicians want to get re-elected so they pander to whichever group they think will benefit them the most. Since this country seems to be split into opposing camps, is it any wonder that politicans aren't overly concerned with making cuts to non-essential services? You may say 'nice to have', but there is another voter out there saying 'essential'!

  • renaizzanceman Jun 29, 2009

    Here's a stopgap measure for you. Fire the governor.

  • Jun 29, 2009

    I imagine its real hard to build a budget that continues to include the perks and free fraud money that has already weakened our society. Lets see, eliminate teachers, unemployment comp, shelters etc... How about elimination of School busing to ease fuel use, force performance evaluations on politicians, term limits on all Govt jobs, eliminate tax breaks and shelters for the rich, make offshoring illegal, support local trade, stop supporting suburbia flight by building roads to nowhere and fix the infrastructure supporting centric society. I see North Carolina falling into the same destructive pit that West TN cries about daily when they decided greed was a business strategy.

  • colliedave Jun 29, 2009

    Much harder to decide when both groups are standing in front of you crying, than it is behind an anonymous keyboard.

    Life isn't fair and sometimes hard decisions must be made. There are essentials needed to run a state and there are things that are nice to have in good times but when times are lean this things must be cut.

    Take cable/satelite TV as an example, this is nice to have in good times but it isn't essential to run a househould. As another, ordering sweet tea with your meal is nice but eliminating it to spend it on the tip is a cost savings. Same goes with adult beverages, they are enjoyable but aren't essential. The problem with libs is they believe money grows on trees and everything the government does is essential to the sun coming up in the morning.

  • 5Rs Jun 29, 2009

    Sorry, last post took off on its own. The idea was, since there are too many lawyers for available positions already (and way too many lawsuits), doing away with the UNC Law School would be a big budget savings. Doing away with unneeded functions would be the best way to balance the state budget, we have way too many bureaucracies.

  • 5Rs Jun 29, 2009

    Here is an easy suggestion: There are too many lawyers for the number of positions available, according to a recent N and O article. Do away with the UNC

  • Garnerwolf1 Jun 29, 2009

    "For example, do we really need the Departments of Travel/Tourism and Cultural Resources?" That depends on whether or not you depend on tourism for your lifelihood, or value the history, etc of this state. It's all about perspective. For every single dollar the state spends, there's one group saying it's the most important dollar, while another group says it's the least. Much harder to decide when both groups are standing in front of you crying, than it is behind an anonymous keyboard.

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