Wednesday Wrap: Reading budget tea leaves

Posted July 23, 2014

— There's still no budget deal – and not even any formal negotiations between the House and the Senate – but the @NCCapitol team senses some movement toward a resolution in the offing.

  • Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, and Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, two key lawmakers in the budget negotiations, were exchanging friendly banter Wednesday morning at a Senate Rules Committee.
  • Lawmakers have stopped public sniping against members of the other chamber.
  • The House Rules Committee will take up a technical corrections bill on Thursday.

Outside the budget, the Senate gave preliminary approval to an economic development bill that also includes a controversial provision to cap local sales tax rates at 2.5 percent. That would prevent Wake County from either approving a half-cent increase to its tax rate for a regional transit system with Durham and Orange counties or a quarter-cent increase to boost teacher pay.

The provision highlighted a split between lawmakers from urban and rural counties.

The Senate Rules Committee approved a bill that would allow Fayetteville to restart its red light camera program. But the committee is apparently killing a bill that would allow law enforcement to put license plate scanners along state highways.


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