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Monday, June 6, 2016
By Kay Castillo, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation
Just after midnight on Wednesday at the North Carolina General Assembly, Senators posted their proposed budget online which did not give the public much time to review it before an Appropriations meeting scheduled for 9:00 AM to vote on the budget. Senators spent the morning going through the budget, passed it through three committees and sent it to the floor. On Thursday, Senators spent a few hours debating the budget, took a vote on the second reading and scheduled to come back for a third and final vote just after midnight on Friday.
House members will vote not to concur with the Senate budget and a committee of House and Senate members will be appointed to work on a compromise. While the spending target was the same as the House, policies in the budget and where money is spent is drastically different. Details are below regarding the content of the Senate budget.
Additionally, last week, House members created a new caucus to focus on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The caucus will be co-chaired by Representatives Farmer-Butterfield and Avila. The caucus will focus on state wide issues and services provided to this population as well as any Federal changes that might have an impact on the state. More details will come as this caucus begins work at a later date.
Senate Budget Details
Highlights of the Senate Budget:
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