Under the Dome

Look for McCrory’s budget this week

Bad weather scrambled much of state government last week, including the expected release of Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

All signs point toward the budget release this week, probably midweek.

At a weather news briefing, McCrory suggested the cost of the recent storms has punched a hole in the transportation budget. He also said he would be talking to budget director Lee Roberts about the loss of sales and income tax revenue due to the weather.

Although the storm expenses come out of the current budget, McCrory seemed to be saying it will affect how money is spent in the coming two-year budget.

“We’re going to have to do some reassessment of how this will impact our long-term budget,” the governor said.

Following the path set out in his State of the State address last month, McCrory’s budget will spell out what’s important to him by putting money – or not putting money – into programs and initiatives in education, job development, roads, health care, the courts and the environment, among others.

It starts a long budget process that should conclude in late June.