Democratic budget-writers say the final budget for North Carolina government next year will hurt some programs but should go a long way toward preserving school teacher and university faculty positions.
House and Senate leaders worked out the last details Monday to an almost $19 billion plan agreed to in principal over the weekend. The measure is expected to be voted on Tuesday and Wednesday before going to Gov. Beverly Perdue for her signature.
The two sides and Perdue finalized Monday how the state would handle a $519 million gap if extra money doesn't arrive from Congress. Perdue would first take money from several pots in state government. Then she would reduce Medicaid payment rates to doctors, withhold pension contributions and require a 1 percent cut across state government.