The Senate gave its final approval Wednesday to the two-year spending plan by a vote of 37-13.
McCrory also said in an interview Thursday there is no way he would threaten shutting down normal government operations through a budget veto because of some disagreements involving a budget that spends well over $21 billion this fiscal year. Local tax proceeds largely would be distributed to assist small and rural counties. The Senate held two affirmative votes for the budget bill earlier in the week.
A radical sales tax redistribution plan initially put into the Senate’s budget proposal was left out of the agreed-upon compromise.
The final House vote of 81-33 was similar to the margin of the initial House vote Thursday night.
“While there may never be a budget document that will be considered ideal 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”, stated the letter, which was published on Onslow Rep. Chris Millis’ official webpage. But some teachers who spoke with ABC11 Monday said they had hoped for more. “This is one area that I’m compromising on”.
Even so, legislative leaders say they are confident that tax collections will surpass the projections and the state will collect enough revenues to trigger a second cut in the corporate income tax that would take effect January 1, 2017.
McCrory said last weekend he had concerns about provisions that would expand the number of transactions subject to the sales tax to include vehicle repairs and appliance installations. Under the new language, the opportunity is not constrained to that year only, Carver said.
McCrory told reporters earlier Thursday he decided he would sign it because all the things he wanted that are in the legislation outweigh the items he dislikes.
“I think we need to make decisions long before the school year starts”, McCrory said.
A group called KelvinSecurity posted a link on Twitter to a site that appeared to display dozens of 16-digit purchasing card numbers for employees of the parks division, along with purchase amounts for vendors that sell computers, tractors and other equipment. The governor criticized the media for focusing on several comments “out of 200 over a nine-month period”. “We’ve been very actively involved”. “When it comes to respect for the voters, this is about as bad as it gets”.
Asked how he believed this session will position him for a re-election bid in 2016, he said his goal was to “prepare this state for the next generation”.