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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Budget on Fast Track As GOP Aims to Skirt Perdue Veto

Compromise lets sales tax expire, restores teacher assistant funding

RALEIGH (By David N. Bass, Carolina Journal Online) —
It’s not a sweeping overhaul of state government, but a compromise budget crafted by lawmakers would make a number of big changes, and it might have enough Democrats on board to overcome a veto.

Unveiled late Monday night, the $19.6 billion proposal (bill and money report) was being rushed through Senate committees Tuesday afternoon, and final votes are expected on Wednesday and Thursday. The House should vote to concur this weekend, sending the spending plan to Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat.

The compromise is halfway between a $19.3 budget passed by the House earlier this month and a $19.9 version recommended by Perdue in February. It allows a temporary 1-cent sales tax increase to expire June 30, while renewing unemployment benefits for 42,000 North Carolinians and preserving 13,000 teacher assistant positions.

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