Raleigh, N.C. — Appropriations subcommittees reviewed parts of the House budget proposal last week. The House Finance Committee went over tax proposals in the plan Tuesday. But House budget writers are still playing coy, not releasing information about raises for teachers and state workers or how much they want to sock away in reserves until Wednesday.
Chief budget writer Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, said the pay information would be added to the budget through an amendment during the Appropriations Committee. Dollar likely won't even hold a news conference to discuss the budget until Thursday, when the House is scheduled to hold its first of two required floor votes on the bill.
The tax proposal doesn't include any cuts to individual or corporate tax rates, although it does increase the standard deduction slightly. The budget also includes a one-time 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state retirees.
Outside the budget, "Moral Monday" protests resumed at the Legislative Building for the first time this year. More than 30 people were arrested in demonstrations seeking an expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina.