Most Active Stories
- A Tree's Life: From The North Carolina Mountains To Your Living Room
- North Carolina To End Use Of Gas Chambers In Animal Shelters
- The Militarization Of North Carolina's Police
- North Carolina: Conservatives, Educators Debate Content Of AP U.S. History Class
- Panthers: Cam Newton Has Two Fractures In His Lower Back
Hosts, Reporters and Producers
Politics & Government
Mon June 11, 2012
State Senate Releases Version Of Budget
State Senate leaders have unveiled their budget proposal. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger says the $20.1 billion-dollar plan contains adjustments that allow more money to be replaced in medicaid. But the Senate version spends nearly $130 million dollars less than the House budget on education. One place the Senate budget does spend money is on the Republican's Excellence in Public Schools Act that Berger sponsored.
Sen. Phil Berger: That will strengthen student literacy, improve graduation rates, increase accountability in the classroom, reward effective teachers, give parents tools to make better-informed decisions about their child's education.
The Senate budget was immediately denounced by Democratic governor Bev Perdue as "not good for children or the economic future" of North Carolina.
Berger says he expects to strike a compromise between the Senate and House budgets for a quick approval.