Senate swats House 'plan B' budget
The Senate said a bid by House leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to raise teacher salaries without passing a larger budget is a "political gimmick."Posted — Updated
But when Senate Bill 3 came to the Senate floor Monday night, senators stamped it "return to sender" without a vote or much debate.
"There are a number of problems with this latest political gimmick," Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, told his colleagues.
Apodaca then moved to return the measure to the House "for further consideration," a motion last used in 2005. It did not require a vote because no other senator objected.
That skepticism extends to the mini-budget sent over as Senate Bill 3.
"It doesn't balance," Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said of the slimmed-down bill.
Brown said House and Senate budget negotiations were ongoing.
But the beginning of the state's new fiscal year is Tuesday. Without a revised budget in place, the state will continue to operate because lawmakers passed a two-year budget last year.
Apodaca's motion is rarely used, and the refusal to even consider the measure is meant to send a message to the House, he said.
"We're serious about getting a budget done, and it's time to stop playing games," Apodaca said.