The North Carolina House gave its approval to state budget adjustments for 2012-13 fiscal year. After nearly eight hours of amendments and debate, the chamber voted 73-46 in favor of the $20.3 billion budget proposal. Five Democrats joined all Republicans in the majority. The move threatens to override any potential veto by Governor Perdue.
The measure would reduce by two-thirds the amount that school districts were expecting to return to the state in the coming school year and will not raise taxes. The plan also would spend 1.7 percent more than the Legislature had provided for the coming fiscal year, but it is 3 percent less than the amount Perdue proposed earlier this month.
The budget bill also sets aside $617,000 in case HB 1104 North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Act passes this year.
The budget bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Please click here to view the bill.