NC Senate's plan for state budget nears completion

Posted by Lynn Bonner on May 22, 2014 

Senate budget writers plan to finish their proposal this week and present it next week, Sen. Harry Brown said Thursday.

Republicans, who run the chamber, haven’t made a final decision whether subcommittees will debate pieces of the budget, or whether it will go directly to the full Appropriations Committee, said Brown, a Jacksonville Republican and a co-chairman of his chamber’s budget committee. But it’s likely the budget will go directly to the full committee, he said, considering the tight schedule.

Gov. Pat McCrory presented his $21 billion budget proposal last week. The Senate and House will write and pass their own versions, with the Senate going first. The goal is to pass a compromise budget by July 1.

Legislators say they want a short “short session,” and so far, the Senate has hit the gas. The Senate debated and passed a bill this week that lifts the state’s moratorium on shale gas drilling, or fracking.

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