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McCrory outlines budget priorities in letter to lawmakers

Gov. Pat McCrory sent legislators a letter Monday, at times pointed, that outlines his positions on major budget issues.

Legislative budget writers and McCrory’s administration are now in negotiations on the details of a stopgap budget that would kick in July 1, the start of a new budget year.

McCrory said he wants a one-month “continuing resolution,” the name used for temporary budgets.

“Given that it has been nearly four months since we delivered our budget, and has been six since the General Assembly came into session; and given that many states with significantly greater budget problems have already completed their work, we believe 30 days is sufficient for completion of the work that the people sent us here to do,” McCrory wrote.

He addressed other budget matters as well:

▪ He said he does not support the redistribution of sales tax revenue that the Senate has in its budget proposal.

“Let me be clear,” McCrory wrote, “I will not support any effort to redistribute sales tax dollars from one county to another. This is not a State tax; this is a local tax and any forced change will result in a tax increase for millions of our citizens and businesses from the coast to the mountains.”

▪ He asks lawmakers to avoid other tax changes.

“While the ink is barely dry on the tax reform we approved together in 2013, now is not the time to implement major changes to our tax code. Businesses need certainty and continuity and we must give tax reform time to work. I do support other minor corrections like reinstating the medical deduction for seniors,” he wrote.

▪ He asked lawmakers to vote on his bond proposals

“It’s time for the legislature to follow this plan and allow the voters to decide on these important investments,” he wrote.

▪ McCrory asks lawmakers to remove a major economic development plan from the budget process, working on jobs incentives and other ideas separately.

“I urge you to remove this legislation from the budget process and pass a clean bill as soon as possible,” he wrote.

▪ He urged legislators to go about their “honorable work” efficiently.

“While 40 state legislatures have passed budgets, or legislature has been in Raleigh almost six months and now there are efforts to extend the session into September or even October. While your thorough and thoughtful debate is appreciated, the people of North Carolina cannot continue to wait as that honorable work turns into negotiation tactics that stall our progress.”

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