NC NOW Legislative Update #3 of the Short Session, 4 Jun 18 talks about the budget as the most controversial in modern history—not for what it contains, but for the process it went through. The process was explained in detail in NC NOW’s Legislative Update #2 for the Short Session, 28 May 18. This week, people learned more about some inappropriate recipients of taxpayer money, and some of the things the budget did and did not do.
“The budget did not expand Medicaid coverage or provide adequate funding for education, including supplies and teacher salaries. No money was allocated to begin testing and tracking the backlog of untested rape kits, even though Attorney General Josh Stein requested $2,000,000 for this purpose.”
The legislative update tracks many bills related to NOW issues, so you can find the bill number, a summary, and where the bill is in the process. Note that bills are generally sent to the Rules Committee to die. Or with this Legislature, sometimes they sit around in the Rules Committee for months and suddenly they are gutted and reborn with completely different and unrelated contents to the original bill, like the 2018 budget bill.