Monday budget numbers

By: - September 14, 2015 7:59 am

numbers-1-053—number of days since House and Senate leaders announced they had reached a tentative agreement on a final budget (“Lawmakers reach budget deal,” WRAL-TV, September 11, 2015)

0—number of details released Friday about the contents of the budget deal (Ibid)

500—minimum number of pages of special provisions including tax changes reportedly included in final budget bill according to Rep. Chuck McGrady, a top House budget negotiator (Facebook post, Rep. McGrady, September 13, 2015)

2—number of days since Gov. Pat McCrory criticized House and Senate leaders for what he believes are tax changes in the final budget agreement that he says should be voted on separately (APNewsBreak: McCrory worried about late-night tax agreement, Associated Press, September 12, 2015)

2—number of days since Gov. Pat McCrory said he’s worried that final budget and tax agreement also includes changes in the way sales tax revenue is distributed among counties (Ibid)

55—number of days since Gov. Pat McCrory pledged to veto a final budget agreement that included changes in the way sales tax revenue is distributed among counties (“McCrory vows sales tax veto as senator rallies rural support,” Raleigh News & Observer, July 21, 2015)

3—number of days under House Rules that budget must be publicly available before House takes a vote (“Lawmakers reach budget deal,” WRAL-TV, September 11, 2015)

1—number of days until full budget document may be available according to some legislative staff members (”Today @NCCapitol: Budget deal may be ready for review,” WRAL-TV, September 14, 2015)

4—number of days until current continuing budget resolution keeping state government operating expires (N.C. General Assembly)

76—number of days since the June 30 end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the deadline for passage of a new state budget for the next two years (N.C. General Assembly)

21—numbers of days since most schools opened in North Carolina (N.C. Department of Public Instruction)

13—number of years since it has been this late that a General Assembly passed a budget (N.C. General Assembly)

1—number of other times since 1961 that a General Assembly has failed to pass a two-year budget by September 14 (Ibid)

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Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. [email protected] 919-861-2066