NC House, Senate Tentatively Agree To $19 Billion Budget

The North Carolina General Assembly has given tentative approval to a final budget from Democrats they say preserves education jobs and prepares more cuts if extra Medicaid money doesn't come from Congress.

The Senate gave its tentative approval Tuesday to the $19 billion spending plan by a vote of 31-16, followed by a 66-49 vote in the House. The two chambers must approve the bill again on Wednesday before it heads to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk.

Democrats say they've eliminated an $800 million budget gap, not including $519 million if the Medicaid funds don't get approved.

Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger said he voted no because the bill doesn't prepare the state enough for a $3 billion shortfall next year.


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  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jun 30, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    Gov. Bev is doing outstanding job. Taxes need to go up to continue funding our vital programs and establish more. If you need more money get a part-time job, I did. After my regular job I work 2 nights cleaning up banks. Don't sit there complaining get up and be part of the solution not the problem.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM
    to osoc Location: Washington on Jun 29, 2010 at 08:51 PM, did you check to see what time I posted? Did you know witn commonly leaves stories up for days? Did you know that I post becuase I got tired of the hooey I read by bleeding heart liberals? This is my contribution to the tea party. I am sick of big government, people loosing jobs, taxes going up and debt being owned now by our childrens, children. I assume you hadn't noticed.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 29, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    Does this mean I have to pay more Taxes,and have less spending $$$$$ money for my family?
  • by Eric Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    I don't know much about Phil Berger, but I support his decision.
  • by to osoc Location: Washington on Jun 29, 2010 at 05:51 PM
    I'd like to know what kind of job do you have? It must be with WITN as a critic. Surely you are not struggling like the rest of America, yet you always post negative spins on subjects.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Jun 29, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    North Carolina General Assembly, I just hope they have jobs lined up in their future. NC is fed up with the increase and increase and spending.
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