Today @NCCapitol (May 14, 2015): Let the wild budget rumpus start

Posted May 14, 2015

NC Legislative Building

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Thursday, May 14. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government.

BUDGET TIMELINE: House Speaker Tim Moore and Senior Appropriations Chairman Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, laid out the House's plan for crafting its version of the state's $21.5 billion budget.

TODAY: The subcommittees that oversee areas of spending such as public safety and education will unveil their portions of the budget. Those committees will debate and amend their sections Thursday.

THIS WEEKEND: Senior budget writers will piece together the disparate sections of the budget this weekend together with a finance package and items not contained in the subcommittee budgets.

SUNDAY NIGHT / MONDAY MORNING: Budget writers will publish the full budget plan.

MONDAY AT 4 P.M.: The House Finance Committee meets to review any portions of the budget that deal with raising money, such as taxes and fees.

TUESDAY: The full Appropriations Committee meets to debate the budget and consider amendments. In prior years, this has been a process that consumed much of a full legislative day.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY or THURSDAY/FRIDAY: The House debates the budget on the floor, casts two votes and sends it to the Senate. The timing will depend on how much time staff needs to recompile the document after Tuesday's amendment session.

THE HOUSE TODAY: The state House is scheduled to have a no-vote skeleton session at 11 a.m.

THE SENATE TODAY: The Senate will hold its floor session at noon. Among other items, it will hear a bill repealing a requirement that schools draft personal education plans for all students who are potentially "at risk." In the Senate Commerce Committee at 11 a.m., lawmakers will review a bill critics say is an "ag-gag" provision meant to prevent undercover investigations of factory farms.

TAX CREDITS: Gov. Pat McCrory will continue pushing for lawmakers to restore the historic renovation tax credit during a 9:30 a.m. event at the GEM Theatre in Kannapolis.


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