The next legislative body to examine the North Carolina state government’s proposed budget for the following two years will be the North Carolina House.
The North Carolina Senate voted on Thursday to accept a budget plan for the state government that will cover the next two years. This vote paves the way for the Senate to begin negotiations with its counterparts in the House over the final spending and tax package.
On day two of the debate, seven Democrats joined all of the current Republicans in voting in favor of the measure, despite the fact that it contains approximately a thousand pages of spending items and policy directions.
A budget proposal that is similar to the one that was authorized by the Senate only one month ago was approved by the House of Representatives, which the Republican party controls. These figures include $29.8 billion for the fiscal year that will begin on July 1 and $30.9 billion for the fiscal year that will finish on June 30. Plans differ about the extent to which they plan to boost worker and teacher pay, how much they believe income taxes should be decreased, and what other policies should be put into place.