NC budget decisions aren’t as painful with $400M cushion

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North Carolina budget-writers aren’t having to make as many cuts as in other years since the Great Recession. It’s making for a less painful process as House Republicans roll out portions of a spending plan for the next two years.

Budget panels met Thursday to hear spending proposals for six categories of government, led by public education and health. Lawmakers plan to offer amendments before subcommittees approve their proposals. A full budget is expected next week.

Budget-writers are benefiting from a projected $400 million surplus this year, which means more money available through mid-2017.

Rep. John Faircloth of High Point helps oversee justice and public safety funding. He says colleagues can fund both new initiatives as well as items they had to back away from in the last few years.

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