Raleigh, N.C. — Senate leaders rolled out what they wanted people to know about their 2017-18 budget proposal on Tuesday afternoon, but the other shoe won't drop until later in the night when the details of the spending plan are filed.
The $22.9 billion proposal is more than last year's budget but about $600 million less than what Gov. Roy Cooper called for.
Teachers and state workers get smaller raises in the Senate plan than under Cooper's proposal, and retirees would get no cost-of-living adjustment. Instead of spending this year's budget surplus on such items, the Senate wants to cut personal and corporate income tax rates again.
The Senate plans to hold various committee hearings on the budget Wednesday so that the required votes on it could be held Thursday and Friday.
Meanwhile, some House lawmakers called for spending $50 million to crack down on human trafficking, including education for middle and high school students, expand law enforcement and provide shelter and mental health services for people trying to escape exploitation situations.