• Legislative News From Jones Street
    June 30, 2010

    North Carolina, we have a budget! As you may have heard already, the NC General Assembly finalized the state budget today (see Committee Report at http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/sessions/2009/budget/2010/SB897_Joint%20Conference%20Committee%20Report%2006-28-10.pdf and Special Provisions at http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/sessions/2009/budget/2010/S897-CCSLExf-4.pdf), and just in time for the beginning of the new fiscal year. As we reported last week, your message about funding schools first appears to have made an impact. While the state revenue shortfall still translated into a significant overall cut to public schools (much of which is reflected in the 2010- 11 'base' budget, not in the adjustments made in the document above) some of the cuts in the final budget are less severe than those that appeared in the proposals released earlier this session. The NCDPI's Financial and Business Services staff have prepared the attached comparison chart to provide more detail.

    In particular, this budget will allow us to save teacher jobs, keep class sizes from increasing further, and continue our most essential work. We especially appreciate the fact that legislators worked hard to minimize additions to the funding cliff that we will face in 2011-12 when federal stabilization funds end.

    We will be working over the next few days to interpret some of the budget language, and will update you when that information is available. Please email Adam Levinson, director of Policy and Strategic Planning, at alevinson@dpi.state.nc.us if you have questions.