Raleigh, N.C. — Budget held hostage: Day 63
As North Carolina enters its third month without a state budget, House negotiators gave the cold shoulder to a Senate offer that would provide funding for teaching assistants and driver's education. House members balked at the Senate's insistence that school district's be required to use TA money for TAs and not be given the traditional flexibility to spend the funds as local needs dictate.
Gov. Pat McCrory backed the House's stance on the issue.
Meanwhile, even after the budget, the General Assembly has other loose ends to tie up, such as Medicaid reform, economic development incentives and a possible bond issue for highway projects and state buildings.