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May 31, 2019
SENATE BUDGET EDITION
NC Senate leaders have released their version of a state spending plan for the 2019-21 biennium. The Senate budget proposal was presented in “area” appropriations subcommittees earlier this week, before passing favorably through full Senate Appropriations and Finance. HB966, “Appropriations Act of 2019” (a.k.a. the budget bill), was debated during a lengthy Senate session on Thursday, during which, 22 amendments were introduced from the floor. The bill passed along party lines, 29-18, giving tentative approval for the two-year budget proposal. A final Senate vote is scheduled for Friday morning. With passage expected, the bill will return to the House for a concurrence vote next week. Significant differences between the House and Senate budget proposals guarantee non-concurrence, meaning the bill will be sent to “conference,” where designees from both chambers will work together to find areas of compromise.
Highlights from the Senate budget proposal include:
Absent from the Senate proposal – Medicaid expansion. The proposal provides for more Medicaid spending, but does not fully expand the program as NC Gov. Roy Cooper wants. The Governor has said publicly that without Medicaid expansion, he will veto any budget proposal sent to him by the legislature.
Also missing from the Senate proposed budget, a cost of living increase for state retirees. Senate leader, Phil Berger, defended this decision by saying it would have placed too much pressure on the state’s retirement system.
Other items that will certainly be of contention when the two chambers come together in conference:
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