BUDGET UPDATE

It’s been two weeks since the Senate rolled out their version of the budget and, for the most part, focus has shifted to the House.

The House Appropriations Chairs have been meeting over the past month as well and have given the budget targets to the subcommittee chairs. The subcommittees issued their reports last week and the House is expected to have their version of the budget in full Appropriations on Wednesday, June 2– provided the schedule holds together.

They are still scheduled to complete the budget (having resolved all their differences) by June 29th —  Clearly, things are moving very quickly.

In a brief conversation with a House Education subcommittee chair, the word is the House budget writers will try and reduce the discretionary cut of $304.8 million that is still in the budget for public schools.

The University and Community Colleges were in the plus funding column, while public schools took an additional 2.98% cut in the Senate budget.

Efforts are underway to try and reduce that cut in the House version of the budget.

Below are the links for the Senate budget, funding report and special provisions.

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/sessions/2009/budget/2010/budgetreport05-18-10.pdf

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/sessions/2009/Bills/Senate/PDF/S897v2.pdf

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/sessions/2009/Bills/Senate/PDF/S897v3.pdf

Will keep you posted.

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