Tuesday Wrap: What we've got here is failure to communicate
Posted July 22, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Senate leaders met privately with Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday morning to discuss their stances on Medicaid reform, teacher pay and teaching assistants, but they made no headway on a budget deal.
McCrory still hews more closely to House positions on all three areas, but the House hasn't met with the Senate since early last week to negotiate a compromise spending plan.
The Senate was prepared to move forward Tuesday afternoon with its Medicaid proposal to shift the health insurance program for the poor and disabled to a new state agency and use insurers to control costs. But the bill was pulled off the Senate calendar at the last minute for some adjustments Wednesday in the Senate Rules Committee.
The Senate Finance Committee passed a bill that caps local sales tax rates at 2.5 percent. The proposal could hamper efforts in Wake and Mecklenburg counties to implement a quarter-cent tax increase to boost teacher pay. Mecklenburg County is already at the 2.5 percent cap, and Wake County has an agreement with Durham and Orange counties to put a half-cent sales tax proposal for regional transit before voters, which, if approved, would put it at the cap as well.