Tuesday Wrap: Devil in details

Posted July 29, 2014

Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday that a deal on a $21.3 billion state budget has been finalized, but they didn't disclose what was cut to pay for what they described as the largest teacher pay raise in state history.

Lawmakers did note that $135 million was cut from Medicaid and the Department of Health and Human Services, but they didn't change eligibility requirements for Medicaid. Funding for teaching assistants isn't being cut, but they will be receiving smaller raises than teachers.

A proposal to regulate commercial dog breeders was dropped from the final budget, and the film tax credit will be allowed to expire, replaced by a $10 million grant fund to attract film and television productions to the state.

The full budget document is expected to be rolled out Wednesday, allowing votes in the House and the Senate to be taken by Saturday.

Because lawmakers want to adjourn by the weekend, many are considering holding a special session later in the year to debate Medicaid reform.


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  • Anita Woody Jul 29, 2014

    They already have a half billion dollar budget deficit from last year. What they're going to do is send MCCrory a budget that still won't balance and make him the bad guy when he vetoes it.

  • TVs_Deceit Jul 29, 2014

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    You must have missed what just happened since Reps have had the reins a couple of years. Raleigh is back to #1 in best places for careers [business].

    see Forbes " Raleigh Leads The Best Places For Business And Careers 2014 "

  • miseem Jul 29, 2014

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    The Dems seemed to have been doing pretty well over the last 50 or so years. The great melt down that began in 2007 held every state back for a couple of years. However, the GOP control of this state has continued to be a drag on the state resources and will only become more and more apparent over time. Lack of investment in infrastructure, education, government services and a growing reliance on profit driven corporations in delivering public services will gradually erode the high rankings NC has had for business investment (despite all the GOP rants about our tax rates).

  • TVs_Deceit Jul 29, 2014

    Why don't the Democrats begin by removing the barn rafter of the last 100 years of rule out of their own eye before the try to remove the twig of a couple of years out of the Republican's eyes?