State Budget Impasse Continues As Proposed Senate Deadline Approaches
Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs & Policy Manager
Senate members did not attempt to override Governor Cooper’s state budget veto this week, and instead focused on passing two “mini-budget bills” relating to the state's rural broadband grant program and funds for the N.C. Department of Transportation. Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) told members of the media that he intends to adjourn in the Senate before October 31; however, Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) told the government news service The Insider that “capital infrastructure funds for K-12 schools, universities, and community colleges…must be approved as stand-alone appropriations if necessary before adjourning for any significant period of time." Both the House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene next Monday, but no voting sessions are expected until Tuesday.
As previously reported, in order to successfully override the state budget veto, Senate Republicans will need at least one Democratic member to vote in favor of the override, or have at least two Democratic members refrain from voting. Unlike the House of Representatives, the NC Senate will not be able to surprise members with an override vote, as Senate rules require at least 24 hours notice be given to the minority leader before any vetoed bill may be considered. In the meantime, state funding will continue at last year’s levels, while educators continue to await crucial budget items, such as enrollment growth funding and salary increases. The North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) will continue to follow and report on budget developments as they occur.