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State running out of time again for budget extension

Posted July 15, 2009

— The General Assembly has little time left to extend a stopgap measure that tells North Carolina state government agencies how to spend without a final budget in place.

House and Senate Democrats were expected Wednesday to work out a compromise on another so-called "continuing resolution" because the first one approved two weeks ago expires at midnight.

The bill is needed because the new fiscal year began July 1 and there's still no permanent two-year budget plan in place.

The House rejected Tuesday a Senate version of the temporary spending measure in part because it didn't contain an expiration date. The House wants another deadline, preferably before the end of the month.

The temporary bill helps the state save money while the final deal is worked out.


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  • time4real Jul 15, 2009

    someone tell me, does Basnight have a medical issue or does he just r e a l l y t a l k slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, he's ridiculous!

  • larieke Jul 15, 2009

    There are many of our legislators who have a macro view of education that includes the parents, not a tunnel vision on education like several people here including the Governor.
    Many of the parents of those children are, albeit temporarily, out of a job.
    Many other parents are having trouble feeding and clothing their family.
    Many other parents can no longer pay to house their family.
    Many students have had to quit school in order to help maintain the family.
    For many of these PARENTS, the government education their children is not a necessity, it's a luxury.
    No government should so overburden the parents our children such that the stability of the family is in jeopardy.

    And now you want to send these families a NEW tax bill? Many of our legislators think not. That is why there is such a delay in making a decision about the budget.

  • FitnessMan Jul 15, 2009

    Schools have started and they are in trouble. Teachers jobs must be saved. They 1500 or so that lost (or are losing) their jobs need to be put back in place. Once again, I am not the smartest tool in the shed, but I feel that if any common sense person sat down with these people, we could come up with a combination of CUTS and SPENDING that would benefit everyone. For the love of god, it is time for a change.

  • FitnessMan Jul 15, 2009

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. They fail to finish a budget by their deadline, then extend it, and now are going to extend it again. Only in the government can they change a deadline. By definition, deadline means: 1.the time by which something must be finished or submitted; the latest time for finishing something: 2. a line or limit that must not be passed. You can't just change a deadline. When are we (including myself) going to stop letting this happen and march down there in protest and demand they do what must be done. The only thing this people care about our their jobs, so the only way to change this is to fire they. HOW DARE THEY PLAY AROUND WITH PEOPLE LIKE THEY ARE PUPPET MASTERS, and we are the puppets.

  • RainierBeer Jul 15, 2009

    If I missed my deadlines year after year, I'd get fired. Ludicrous. This should be in their job descriptions - pass the budget on time or look for a new gig...

  • dewnit4fun Jul 15, 2009

    if they all did their job they were voted in to do ... the state would not have a deficit .... they all need to be removed from their duties ..

  • Stormy13 Jul 15, 2009

    NCPictures: AMEN! Most of what is "done and or provided" for me is by the city and county where I reside. Unfortunately that's Raleigh so I am stuck with Meeker, but hopefully not for much longer.

  • Stormy13 Jul 15, 2009

    Bendal1: Maybe YOU should run for office! Sure we all have "bills", but at least we can pay them and set-up a budget to do so, what's the States's problem?!

  • rand321 Jul 15, 2009

    for the next continuning resolutions, they should only allow the agencies to spend 75% of the previous year's numbers, not 86%. This woudl first match the projected deficit and put more pressure on the the Legislature to do somethign.

  • NCPictures Jul 15, 2009

    I sat down the other day.. to think about what the state provides to me...... The ONLY things I thought of were... roads. Seriously... what else do they do for me?

    My trash is done privately.
    County does my water.
    Police is either city or county.
    Hospital (if I need it) is private
    Food is through local farmers or a little from grocery stores.

    So please tell me what they are doing with my dollars? What am I missing?