UPDATE: House Gives The Final OK To Nearly $19B State Budget

The North Carolina House has completed its work on its version of the state budget. Negotiations with the Senate are next.

The House gave final approval early Friday to a nearly $19 billion plan to run state government next year.

The 63-to-49 margin in favor of the bill was recorded shortly after midnight with no additional debate following the initial vote Thursday afternoon.

House and Senate Democrats will start working next week to eliminate budget differences.

The Senate plan approved two weeks ago focused on protecting the University of North Carolina system.

The House emphasized public schools.

Negotiators want to get a final budget to Gov. Beverly Perdue by July 1.

Republicans argue both plans leave the state unprepared for a big shortfall in 2011.


The House has approved its spending plan for North Carolina government that's being billed as either an austere budget for 2010 or a plan that leaves the state unprepared for a $3 billion shortfall in 2011.

The House gave preliminary approval Thursday of a nearly $19 billion spending plan by a party-line vote of 62-55. A second and final vote is expected just after midnight.

The plan tries to preserve more public school jobs and requires universities to find additional cuts. Majority Leader Hugh Holliman said he believes all lawmakers can support the plan because it doesn't contain new taxes.

But House Minority Whip Thom Tillis said the budget doesn't prepare North Carolina for next year's loss of federal stimulus funds.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by state employee 3 Location: greenville on Jun 7, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    why punish only the state employees we did not make this mess by our selves every job in the state weather state, private, federal, or what needs to feel the cut as well. state employees have the same bills, med, food, and expendatures as anyone else. so dont make us fork over the bill again this year. we have already done our part now look at other options PLEASE. cant make it now without barrowing from peter to pay paul and vise versa the next month.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Jun 4, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    Ive been retired for several years now, the economic climate is worse now than it has been to my memory. We have become a nation of consumers instead of producers. Illegal immigration is part of the problem. Yes there were lean times over my career when we took pay cuts instead of layoffs. I value all hard working people in both the public and the private sectors. We all must live within our means.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 4, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    You may not like to hear this, however, after reading your posts, why did you vote for democrats for our houses of government? As long as illegals plague our state, over runs in cost will be the norm, yet you vote for them everytime there is an election. I gave you the numbers, yet you say, No raise in 10 years and the budget grows....when will you learn? When will you realize what you are doing, voting for a pay decrease then whine about it here? There will be no change until we do something with illegals that burden the state, as long as you have democrats running the state, expect the same. What were you thinking? You mean you like the party of parties here? I was a teacher and I know, I know, you will not even try to see what happens, however, Arizona figured it, NC Attorney General doesn't pursue the problem. So, for the rest of us, don't whine if you will not do anything to change the situation.......
  • by John Location: Winterville on Jun 4, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    If state employees don't like their jobs, there are many qualified people looking for jobs who would gladly take them. The reality is people who work in the public sector must sacrifice just as those in the private sector have been doing the past few years. There is only a certain amount of money available to balance the budget, this is the reality of the current economic conditions.
  • by state employee #2 on Jun 4, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    well said Brad.
  • by Brad Location: Snow Hill on Jun 4, 2010 at 01:20 PM
    Stan, The majority of state employees have only seen one raise in the last 10 years. while cost of living keeps climbing. Speaking from a supervisory position, we can't afford to pay any less. In my line of work we are already scraping the bottom to fill positions because the state does not pay the same as other states around us. State jobs arn't as desireable as they once were, unless you're in management. Why not look at School systems that have a large percentage of their budget going to administrative staff. We must cut spending where it is being wasted, not on the backs of hard working employees. I for one am tired of being stepped and stomped on by our legislature and governor.
  • by state employee #2 on Jun 4, 2010 at 01:18 PM
    i'm a state employee already making significantly less than what the private sector pays and my husband's been out of work for a year. there's been no raise for the past two years and i certainly don't see one in my future any time soon. i also pay taxes...yeah, even state employees pay taxes. so yeah, keep taking away from me and my family and see how long i continue to work for the state. i'll go back to corporate or get a federal job. or wait...there's that welfare thing that people seem to be so fond of...maybe i'll try that. thanks for your support...it's always a pleasure SERVING you. to ALLEN...i have no sense of entitlement other than to feed my family and pay my bills. don't presume to know ANYTHING about anyone; it makes you look foolish.
  • by Bev on Jun 4, 2010 at 08:11 AM
    I agree with the 5% pay cut for state employees but only the ones that are in upper administrative positions and make over 100,000.oo a year. I am barely above poverty level now.
  • by State Employee Location: Eastern NC on Jun 4, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    I propose that we start with reductions in the salaries of all these Senators,House Members, etc.; I think that is the only way to make them see how this is really affecting the lives of real "everyday" people
  • by Allen Location: Greenville on Jun 4, 2010 at 04:18 AM
    Tax Payer brings up a good point, laying off state staff would cause the citizens to lose services, it would be better to cut salaries across the board to keep the staff fully employed with benefits,than to throw them in the unemployment line. If the state were run like a business this could be an option. It won't happen because of the sense of entitlement some state employees garner. Plenty of private businesses have issued up to 50% pay cuts to weather the reccession.
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