Today @NCCapitol (7/29): Don't jinx it
Even with a budget framework agreed to, lawmakers on Monday were treading carefully around the idea that session may be coming to a close, lest it all fall apart. The state Senate will be at work Tuesday, while the House is scheduled to hold a no-vote skeleton session.Posted — Updated
Although a few aspects of the plan are clear enough – teachers will get a raise of 7 percent on average – several other aspect of the plan, such as what kind of raise state workers will see, are not yet public.
Lead Senate budget writer Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said he expected the final deal to be worked out Tuesday, with the first opportunity for a Senate vote likely to come Thursday. Brown and others working on the budget were circumspect Monday about giving away too many details before a final deal is done.
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger did say some sort of "reform" would be attached to the teacher salary plan but did not elaborate.
Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis were expected to discuss the compromise spending plan at a 1:30 p.m. news conference.
"The Arc of North Carolina continues to be concerned over any proposed Medicaid eligibility reductions that will negatively affect people with disabilities in our state," said Julia Adams, assistant director of government relations for the group, which represents people with disabilities. She was reacting to reports that $135 million in Medicaid cuts may require some changes to eligibility.
Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, chaired Monday night's Senate session and, after introducing the pages for the week, said, "I hope they have a great week as we shut down."
Clearly, the hope in both the House and the Senate is to depart on Friday, but lawmakers were circumspect about the prospect without a final budget in hand.
"I might be here on Saturday, or I might be fishing," said House Rules Chairman Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland.
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