The budget impasse continues. The state House and Senate cannot agree on the size of the budget, the very first step in budget negotiations. According to the Raleigh News and Observer the final Senate offer (on May 27) was for $26.4 billion. The House’s last response (on June 1) was for $29.5 billion, both offers covering the 2021-22 fiscal year. For more details, see: https://www.newsobserver.com/article251826813.html
Be sure to take action on HB453 which is moving in the NC Senate.
The normal budget process begins with the House and Senate agreeing on the budget bottom line. The House and Senate each pass budgets for the agreed upon amount and finally a conference committee consisting of members from both Houses reconcile the differences and draft a final budget. This budget is sent to the governor who either signs or vetoes it.
This year if the House and Senate cannot agree on the size of the budget, each house will go its own way. The House has expressed its intention to pass its own budget even without an agreement with the Senate. The Senate leadership has vowed to pass a series of “minibudgets” instead of a comprehensive budget if agreement cannot be reached. In this scenario the governor is never presented with a comprehensive budget. If no budget is passed and signed—something that appears to be more and more likely, except for areas covered in mini-budgets, spending levels will be unchanged from the last budget adopted.
It should be noted that these disagreements are among Republicans who have majorities in both houses. Republican in-fighting has brought the budget negotiations to a grinding halt and very likely will result in the state not having a budget for the second two-year legislative session in a row. Last session the governor vetoed the budget passed by the legislature and the veto could not be overridden. Don’t let anyone tell you that the Republican party is the fiscally responsible one.
ACTION ALERT: House Bill 453, Human Life Act Non-Discrimination/No Eugenics has moved. The bill has passed the House and two Senate Committees. It is now resting in the Senate Rules Committee. The next and final step will be for it to be sent to the Senate floor for a vote.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your State Senator immediately to oppose House Bill 453. Be
prepared to contact the governor to ask him to veto House Bill 453.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your State Senator immediately to oppose House Bill 453. Be prepared to contact the governor to ask him to veto House Bill 453. Use information in this post.
See whole report at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #19 – 7 Jun 2021