House speaker discusses state budget
House Speaker Tim Moore says he expects the House and the Senate to have a final budget to Gov. Roy Cooper by next week to move into the next phase of budget negotiations.
whoever wants to go first, like you said a second ago, you obviously are holding on the Emergency powers bill, because the sponsor wasn't here today, expect that building to move through next thursday. That's the planet's counted for next thursday. And uh a little faster. Okay. And I wanted to ask about the bill, y'all past past, I think a week or two ago, it had a number of things in it, but one of them was that school boards have to vote every month on the mass thing. Obviously, we're seeing quite a bit of protests that might spark, could continue to those protests. And that kind of conflict. Is that is that a good idea? I mean, do you feel like that might be something y'all revisited? You know, I believe it's a good idea to make sure that that process is done on a monthly basis. It allows parents, teachers, everyone else to really have transparency to see what's happening. And of course, we left it up to the school boards to uh take whatever action they deem appropriate. Right. And then the collusive settlement bill bills like that. I mean, we expect the governor to be too that will be in the budget as well. You know, it's uh we're still looking at that. I believe that the collusive settlement bill is a good bill. It simply stands for the rule of law that if anyone is a party to a lawsuit, legislative branch or anyone for that matter, that the other parties can't get in cahoots and reach a settlement without the consent of the other parties. This is basic fundamental fairness is that's required in any kind of lawsuit. You can imagine any of your any of your readers or your viewers were in a lawsuit and they were sued with several other people. And then two of the two of the other defendants and the plaintiff agreed that the third person would be liable and the third person didn't get to have their day in court, didn't get to participate. That's just not fair. And that's basically what this bill says. A under the schedule that we've laid out, particularly with the public hearing scheduled, I would anticipate that we'll have a budget adopted prior to adopting legislative districts and congressional district because I believe, I believe it will have before the end of october. I believe the goal right now is to have a budget uh finalized in the first week or second week of october And then I think redistricting would probably follow in the next week or so after that a with understanding uh huh. That's correct. That's correct. So the plan right now is for the House and the Senate to come up with an agreement of a conference report that would then be shared confidentially with the governor to give the governor and opportunity to say whether he would sign it as as is or if there are changes that he would like to see before he would sign it and then to have those negotiations and the reason do it frankly on a confidential basis is to allow everyone to have a very frank and candid negotiations that in terms of the budget and then try to get something done. A lot of issues. There are a lot of items that were in dispute. I can tell you have now narrowed down to less and less and I think that every day we get closer and so as far as giving you like, you know, a specific thing, I'd have trouble remembering. There's so much, but that's what we keep very good notes of it. Uh But I will tell you we've reached an agreement for example, in taxes on a tax package. We've reached agreement on a lot of the capital projects that are there. So there's a lot of things that have been resolved. We're still negotiating a lot of things on salary and benefits, for example, we're still working on a lot of the skip projects and some of the art funds. Um and then some of the policy issues, so there's still work to be done. But our appropriations chairs have been spending a lot of time and they're not Windows, they have windows at least. But a lot of times both with the Senate and then breaking up individual negotiating and a lot of progress is being made. I'm very optimistic. Do you see any of those agreements before you do that or do you not want to reveal that. I think I think we're going to wait and just send it to the governor before we unveil those publicly, of course, we need all this has to go back to the respective caucuses, make sure all the members have signed off. Then once that happens, it will go to the government. So how much more time is going to be the chamber negotiation before? I would say we should be in a position to get some of the governor next week. Everything stays on schedule, but it's not it's not a science. And I always wonder about political science. It certainly is not a science and I don't know how quickly it will go, but I'm feeling really good about it. I think it's important that we make our position though. I think it's important that the issue be talked about because it's this is the point that I've made when I've talked to democrats about, you know, it's not always going to be a democrat government. There's not always going to be a Republican Legislature, There's not always gonna be a Democratic attorney general. And I look at it frankly from a fairness and an institutional perspective when the General assembly is a party to a lawsuit, uh the Senate and the House, those parties need to be consulted just like if the governor is a party to the lawsuit, he should be consulted. There shouldn't be a situation. I'll give you another example. You shouldn't have a situation where some group were to sue the north Carolina legislature and the governor and then the legislature and that plane have agreed to a settlement. That would leave out the governor. I don't think it should be a two way street. Anyone who is a party to any of these lawsuits and has standing to be, there ought to be involved with a settlement. And and the point that I made the democrats is, I don't view this through a partisan lens. Uh, I would be taking the same position if it were a republican government and a Republican aging. I mean, I just because I believe it's very important for the institution of the legislative branch. It's quite now, jay Leno is a car. Oh, yeah, he's got a pretty big garage. That's right. Your veto garages fitting thing. Do you intend to? So the plan right now is to get through the budget process to get that done, get that out of the way. And then whether we take vito's up before we do the final passage of the budget or after final passage of the budget, frankly, hasn't been determined. But we are looking to try to override those vetoes. I mean, and, you know, some of those bills actually passed with veto proof majorities that were vetoed. So we would intend to try to see that the bills floating out there that has passed or they're going to be any more policy. The policy committees are still meeting. They're still bills, there's, uh, you may see, for example, some policy bills that get incorporated into the budget. You know, that's not unusual that that happened. So yeah, that works. Still happens. Done as far as where it has anywhere to go. Nobody's really done. We're done. That's sports gambling bill. That's one that's sitting on your plate. So I'm recused on that one and you have to ask Representative all on that when any of the things that game right. Representative wells out this week. So since he bill sponsor, so customarily bill sponsors out, let them move the bill. To me. It's an important I hope, I hope, I think he's better.