NC Senate's plan for state budget nears completion

05/22/2014 4:06 PM

02/15/2015 11:22 AM

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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