Greetings From Raleigh 6-03-05
Now that the "crossover" deadline has passed, attention has shifted to passing a House budget within the next few weeks. Members of the House Appropriations Committee continued working this week on their budget proposal and hope to finalize its spending plan over the next week or two, with passage expected by June 16. Once this is done, members of the House and Senate will begin negotiations to work on the differences in the two spending plans. Legislators hope to be able to pass a final budget prior to July 1 when the new fiscal year begins.
I hope to provide more details in the next week or so as many of these important decisions and spending proposals begin to be finalized by House budget writers. Many difficult choices lie ahead for lawmakers, who must balance the budget and find a way to meet the growing needs of our state and its people. However, I remain committed to adequately funding education, health and human services, environmental initiatives, transportation, public safety, and efforts to further strengthen our economy and create jobs.