North Carolina state budget (2012-2013)
The revised budget that became law when the legislature overrode the governor's veto can be found here.
Highlights of the budget for FY 2013 include:
- 1.2 percent raises for teachers and state employees and one percent cost-of-living increases for state retirees.
- $212.5 million for growth in Medicaid program.
- $39.7 million in monthly stipends to adult care homes for residents who did not qualify for personal care services paid by Medicaid, but whose community placements were not arranged.
- Capping the state gas tax.
- Reducing by $143.3 million the amount local school districts must return to the state. Schools would have $190 million less to spend.
Legislative Proposed Budget
The North Carolina State Senate tentatively approved on June 13, 2012 the $20.1 billion budget that was drafted by Republicans. It spent $127 million less than the spending plan approved by the House and $758 million less than what Gov. Perdue proposed. The biggest difference among the plans was Republicans would not raise the state sales tax by three-quarters of a cent, as Gov. Perdue wanted in order to generate more revenue. The Senate's proposed budget also changed funding for Medicaid and public education and would require two percent cuts elsewhere in state government. The Senate plan did not completely replace $259 million in federal funds that school districts would not receive the following school year.
The Senate's proposed budget spent $466 million more than the state spent in FY 2012.
Governor's Proposed Budget
Gov. Perdue said her spending proposal for FY 2013 would include a temporary sales tax increase of three-quarters of a penny, the revenues from which would be dedicated to public education. That would raise the sales tax most counties pay from 6.75 percent to 7.5 percent.
The governor's proposed budget spent $1.2 billion more than the state spent in FY 2012.
- The Charlotte Observer, "Both chambers override Perdue's veto of state budget plan," July 3, 2012 (dead link)
- The Charlotte Observer, "Perdue budget veto brings uncertainty," June 29, 2012 (dead link)
- Charlotte Observer, "North Carolina House passes budget after heated debate," May 31, 2012 (dead link)
- Businessweek, "NC Senate gives tentative approval," June 14, 2012
- CBSNews.com, "NC Senate spends less than House in budget changes," June 11, 2012 (dead link)
- NECN.com, "Highlights of Perdue's budget proposal for 2012-13," May 10, 2012 (dead link)
- CBSNews.com, "NC gov wants higher sales tax for education," January 18, 2012 (dead link)
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