The General Government Budget would be reduced by 0.7 percent in the House proposal. The majority of the reductions are reflected in operating budgets and position eliminations or transfers within most departments.
The largest expansion in the General Government Budget is granted to the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services. Additional expansions occurred within the NC Museum of Art, the Military Morale and Welfare fund, a grant for the NC Symphony, and the Governor’s proposed Good Government Package.
The overall reduction of the House General Government Budget was less than the Senate proposed. Notable expansions included in the House Budget but not in the Senate’s plan include $1.4 million in appropriations for the new North Carolina Museum of Art building, $500,000 more for the Military Morale and Welfare Fund, and a $500,000 grant for the NC Symphony. Meanwhile, the Senate Budget contained reductions to the Rape Crisis Program and Local Library Grants that the House Budget did not include.
Significant expansions and reductions include:
- $9.5 million for Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services (CJLEADS). The program is designed to integrate “criminal justice information” into a centralized system. This expansion is in agreement with Perdue and Senate plans
- $1.4 million for a new North Carolina Museum of Art Building
- $450,000 for the Governor’s Good Government Package: this would be used to develop software that would make reporting on campaign finances more efficient and reliable for candidates.
- $547,600 to increase funding for the State Ethics Commission. This is also part of Perdue’s Good Government Package.
- $500,000 for the Military Morale and Welfare Fund
- $500,000 grant for NC Symphony
- Operating budgets in every department are reduced along with position eliminations/transfers in almost every department
- $525,903 from the Home Protection Program under the Housing Finance Agency, in anticipation that these funds will be replaced with federal funds. The Program offers interest-free loans from the state to people who have lost their jobs. The loans are to be used to pay mortgage payments and other related expenses like homeowner’s insurance during a temporary period of time. This is a smaller reduction than proposed by the Senate.