‘Tentative’ agreement reached on state budget

NC Seal generic NCGA elevatorRALEIGH – Legislative leaders announced Friday that they had agreed on “several major budget provisions” and will likely wrap up work on the budget this weekend. While leaders sounded optimistic about the chances to end the budget stand-off that has kept the General Assembly in town long past the June 30 deadline to pass a new two-year budget, they did call the accord “tentative.”

“We certainly understand that this has been a long and hard process, but our diverse and growing State needs a well-crafted, conservative budget to ensure a successful future,” Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain) said in the statement. “I feel that Sen. Berger and I were able to reach good compromise on a number of issues that are important to our state. I look forward to reviewing the final Conference Report with my House colleagues this weekend and Monday, and then setting a vote for this upcoming week.”

“I am grateful to Speaker Moore and members of the Senate and House for their willingness to compromise, and their patience and perseverance in reaching this tentative agreement,” Senate leader Berger (R-Rockingham) said. “I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass a final budget next week.”

Lawmakers said they expect that a Conference Report should be ready by Monday.