The state budget is headed back to the Senate for negotiations after winning its final House vote Thursday, 77-40.
House Republican budget-writers say their $20.6 billion plan fully funds Medicaid, adds 5,000 pre-kindergarten seats and includes compensation for survivors of the state’s eugenics program.
“This is a commonsense budget. It meets the needs of our citizens,” said Senior Appropriations Committee Chairman Nelson Dollar.
If the Senate does not concur with the budget sent back to them by the House (which they won’t) then there will be a conference committee formed from members of both the House and Senate – and that conference committee will negotiate to iron out the differences and come up with a final plan to be voted on by the full House and Senate. Once the House and Senate both approve the budget, it will be sent to Gov. McCrory’s desk for his signature.
Dollar added that he believes this process will be completed before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.