The North Carolina Senate last night released its budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1.
Some highlights from the N&O summary:
The state Senate released a $20.58 billion proposed budget late Sunday night that would eliminate class-size limits for the youngest public school students, move the State Bureau of Investigation to a department the governor’s appointee controls and puts various environmental programs under the control of a state agency.
The proposal represents a 2.3 percent increase over the current budget and is about $17 million short of the budget Gov. Pat McCrory proposed in March.
“This budget stands in sharp contrast to the failed attempts of previous leaders to tax, spend and borrow their way to prosperity,” Senate leader Phil Berger said in a statement. “We are eager to work with the House of Representatives to adopt a budget that smartly invests in our key priorities while living within our means.”
For more details of the Senate plan, check back with www.nccivitas.org later today.