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After two and a half months of delays, the N.C. General Assembly passed the state budget for 2015-17 in mid-September.
The $21.7 billion budget, originally due July 1, was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory Sept. 18.
“We’ve dealt with a lot of those tough issues in the budget, so it’s taken awhile,” Speaker of the House Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said in a press conference in September. “But I believe we’ve got a very good work product at the end that our colleagues will support and will benefit the citizens of this state.”
The budget received support by the Republican majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, with some Democrats opposed.
“While there may never be a budget document that will be considered perfect in the eyes of 170 different members, we feel that the final budget outcome is a major step in the right direction for North Carolina,” a letter signed by 21 House Republicans stated when the budget was finalized.
Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, said that many Democrats felt shut out of the process of creating the budget.
“Realistically, this is a game about power,” he said. “The reality is the Republicans have the power to negotiate this budget behind closed doors and pass it with their majorities, and they don’t have to include Democrats — and they decided not to.”
Areas where spending increased: