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Details Of NC Budget Passed By Legislature

Highlights of the $19.7 billion budget for North Carolina state government for the 2011-12 fiscal year tentatively given final approval Saturday by the state House.

The monetary figures reflect increases or reductions to base budget expenses, some of them based on projected increases in recurring spending. For tax changes, figures are for the amount of revenue generated or lost.

K-12 SCHOOLS
-- require $124.2 million in additional savings as determined by local school districts, spread out from among the 115 districts.
-- fund 1,124 additional teaching positions in grades 1-3 to reduce class size funding ratio from 1-to-18 to 1-to-17.
-- spend $200,000 to study third grade literacy programs and ways to reduce remedial or developmental education at university and community college campuses.
-- eliminate funds for Dropout Prevention Grant program, saving $13.3 million.
-- reduce funding for new textbooks, saving $92.2 million.
-- eliminate funds for student diagnostic pilot program, saving $10 million.
-- reduces instructional supplies funding allotment to districts by 46 percent, or $42 million.
-- reduce by 15 percent, or $59.5 million, state funding allotment to pay for school janitors, clerical staff and other personnel.
-- reduce funding allotment for central staff in local school districts by 16 percent, or $17.2 million.
-- reduce by $22.2 million, or 19 percent, funds to pay for assistant principals.
-- reduce funds for instructional support for guidance counselors, social workers and media specialists by 5 percent, or $22.9 million.
-- eliminate mentoring funds for school districts, or $9.2 million.
-- eliminate staff development funds for school districts, or $12.6 million.
-- reduce by 20 percent, or $16 million, in funding for the More at Four prekindergarten program and transfer the program to the Department of Health and Human Services.
-- eliminate state funding for the Teacher Academy and reduce state funding for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, both teacher professional development services, saving $7.8 million.
-- eliminate operating budget for residential schools for the deaf and the blind by about 5 percent and funding for superintendent of residential schools, saving $1.7 million.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES
-- give $34.1 million to fully fund projected enrollment growth of 3,672 full-time equivalent students for next fall.
-- require $50.8 million in additional savings through the community college system.
-- increase tuition by $10 per credit hour to $66.50 for residents and $258.50 for nonresidents, saving $47.7 million.
-- reduce funds for basic skills education by 12.4 percent, or $10 million.
-- reduces customized training budget by $7.6 million on one-time basis.
-- save $1.3 million to eliminate 19 positions in state community college system office.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SYSTEM
-- give $46.8 million to fund fully necessary expenses for projected overall enrollment of additional 2,337 students.
-- require $414 million in additional savings throughout the UNC system, at the discretion of administrators.
-- reduce the state subsidy to UNC Hospitals by 59 percent, or $26 million.
-- offer $3.5 million to hire 27 workers in preparation of opening of East Carolina University dental school this fall.
-- provide $18.5 million to operate new or renovated UNC system buildings completed in the coming year.
-- shift $37.9 million from the state's general operating fund to offer need-based financial aid for students.
-- eliminate certain waivers that subsidized tuition of out-of-state students by treating them as if they received the in-state tuition rate, saving $1.9 million.
-- save $12.8 million by reducing by 12.3 percent, for grants and scholarships to in-state students attending private colleges.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
-- reduce Smart Start funding by 20 percent, or $37.6 million.
-- reduce mental health community services funds by $27.2 million.
-- eliminate 250 of the 1,600 vacant positions within the Department of Health and Human Services to save $7.6 million.
-- transfer $32.9 million in funds from proposal to abolish Health and Wellness Trust Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services.
-- find $10.8 million in Medicaid savings in pharmacy services and $15 million in revising generic drug dispensing rates.
-- find $90 million in additional savings through Medicaid's managed-care initiative.
-- modify optional and mandatory Medicaid services to save $16.5 million.
-- eliminate automatic inflationary increases for Medicaid provider reimbursements, saving $62.9 million.
-- adjust Medicaid provider reimbursements to save $46.4 million, including a 2 percent cut in provider reimbursement rates, with some exceptions.
-- eliminate the remaining $50,000 in the State Abortion Fund designed to help low-income families. The fund has become largely dormant for many years.

JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
-- eliminate 195 full-time positions in judicial system already made vacant through voluntary reduction in force, saving $13 million.
-- implement hiring freeze for 35 additional vacancies of clerks, assistant district attorneys and other positions to save $1.7 million.
-- reduce 55 support staff positions for district attorneys to save $2.6 million.
-- eliminate $1.1 million for nonprofit mediation centers.
-- eliminate 19 vacant magistrate positions to save $826,000.
-- eliminate all state funding for drug treatment court program to save $2 million and 32 jobs.
-- eliminate Sentencing Services program to save $2.1 million and 11 positions.
-- eliminate 40 vacant positions in the Department of Justice, saving $2.5 million.
-- reduce funding to hire private lawyers for indigent defendants by $10.5 million.
-- eliminate 34 executive level positions within correction, crime control and juvenile justice departments as part of consolidation of agencies into new Department of Public Safety.
-- eliminate 21 staff psychologists, housing unit supervisor and youth counselor technicians in juvenile justice system, saving $1.1 million.
-- eliminate $3.2 million and 57 positions at Samarkand Youth Development Center in Moore County.
-- reduce various operating expenses for computers, equipment, motor vehicles, inmate clothes and other items to save $7 million.
-- eliminate 255 vacant positions in Department of Correction to save $14.1 million.
-- reward prisoners with shorter sentences for positive conduct and good behavior while still requiring prisoners to serve at least their minimum sentence, saving $2.5 million.
-- eliminate 25 state-paid chaplains at prisons to save $1.4 million.
-- end community work crews whereby prisoners could work on local government projects, eliminating 39 positions and saving $1.6 million.
-- eliminate 39 Correction officer positions associated with inmate litter crews, saving $1.6 million.
-- close four minimum security prisons as part of criminal justice reforms that will shift more misdemeanants to county jails, saving $5.4 million and 203 positions.
-- eliminate funding for two private contractors for drug and alcohol abuse treatment beds for minimum custody offenders to save $5.2 million.
-- reorganize State Capitol Police by focusing on security in and around state-owned Wake County buildings to save $2.3 million and 40 positions.

TRANSPORTATION
-- eliminate 39 emission specialist positions as part of restructuring of Division of Motor Vehicles inspection program, saving $2.2 million.
-- raise tolling on existing ferry routes and adds tolls to two other routes, generating $2 million.
-- reduce $3.1 million in Aviation Division grant funds for commercial air carrier and general aviation airports and other aviation programs.
-- eliminate ferry division vacant positions, reduce nonessential temporary workers and close Morehead City field office.
-- reduce primary and secondary system maintenance by $50 million.
-- increase by $346.6 million funds for road resurfacing, system preservation and maintenance.
-- freeze salary step increases for Highway Patrol troopers, reduce patrol operating funds and require administrative consolidations.
-- increase by $131 million fund for urban loop construction.
-- reduce "gap" funds for Garden Parkway and Mid-Currituck Bridge toll projects and use proceeds for local districts to replace school buses and for urban loop construction.

OTHER STATE AGENCIES
-- eliminate 94 positions and save $6.1 million in the Department of Administration.
-- cut in half the Performance Audit division in the State Auditor's Office and shift up to five of the nine eliminated positions to the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division.
-- eliminate 10 vacant and filled positions in the N.C. Museum of Art through operating reductions to save $471,000.
-- eliminate 40 vacant and filled positions through program and personnel reductions to save $1.9 million
-- reduce funding for The Lost Colony and Vagabond School of Drama and eliminate funding for Shakespeare Festival by a combined $309,000.
-- reduce state funding to local libraries by 13 percent, or $2 million.
-- reduce Roanoke Island Commission funding by 25 percent as commission becomes self-supporting in 2015.
-- eliminate 17 vacant positions in the General Assembly to save $1.9 million.
-- eliminate 18 filled and vacant positions in the Governor's Office, including the communications and deputy communications directors, saving $1.4 million.
-- reduce funding for North Carolina Housing Finance Agency by $2.1 million.
-- eliminate 61 vacant positions in the Department of Revenue to save $3.5 million.
-- set aside $1.5 million to leverage matching funds for North Carolina Symphony.

RESERVES, FEES AND TAX CREDITS
-- increase by $248.1 million contributions to the retirement system for state employee and other public workers and emergency responders.
-- spend $7.1 million to continue health benefits coverage for active and retired employees in the State Health Plan.
-- reduce by $12 million the Job Development Incentive Grants reserve.
-- provide no pay increases for state employees and public school teachers.
-- generate more than $100 million in various fees, of which about one-third would go to counties if separate criminal justice reforms are approved.


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