• 37°

House off next week, negotiations will continue

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina legislative leaders said Thursday they were going separate ways next week, when the new fiscal year begins, but still want tax and budget talks to continue.
House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, told colleagues the chamber wouldn’t do any formal work during the week of the July 4th holiday and would hold neither recorded votes nor committee meetings. But Senate Republicans planned to keep their normal work schedule through Wednesday.
The state government still doesn’t have a final two-year budget in place, with days to go before the new fiscal year begins Monday. Republican leaders in each chamber also aren’t in accord on a tax overhaul, which they are trying to finish before the budget.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law this week a stop-gap spending measure that allows non-essential state services to continue through the month of July.
But Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland and chairman of the House Rules Committee, said the House’s negotiators for tax overhaul and budget compromises will be in Raleigh next week to keep working with the Senate.
Senate Republicans aren’t happy with the pace of negotiations. Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, removed all of the bills on Thursday’s floor agenda that originated in the House and didn’t say when they’d return. Apodaca called his decision to hold back House bills an “incentive” to get House members to work out agreements.
“We need to get things moving here on tax reform and the budget and we’d just like to clear the table for everybody to have opportunity to work on those two items,” Apodaca told reporters. “We’ve got to get something moving here.”
Apodaca suggested that part of the negotiating struggles existed because of the McCrory administration. Senate Republicans and McCrory haven’t seen eye-to-eye on several key matters this year.
“It’s kind of difficult to negotiate with three bodies instead of two,” he said. “The House and Senate seem to do a pretty good job. Sometimes it’s difficult to have to negotiate with the governor’s office.”
McCrory, working on his first state budget as governor, said in an interview Wednesday that he’s told Republican legislative leaders there are certain tax changes he wouldn’t support. The Republican governor also has said he wants to make sure any spending plan has sufficient revenue to run state government. Both the House and Senate plans would reduce the growth of tax revenue through mid-2015 by hundreds of millions of dollars.
Moore said the legislative process ultimately involves the Senate and House and “there’s always room for the involvement of the governor.”
“We have a great partnership with our governor, and I think you’ll see that the dialogue continues,” he said.
Without a long floor calendar, the Senate adjourned for the weekend before noon Thursday. But the House worked until early Thursday evening to act on two dozen bills, several of which generated heated debate, before taking a 10-day break.

Comments

Comments closed.

Coronavirus

10% of Rowan residents receive first dose; eight COVID-19 deaths reported this week

News

North Carolina State Highway Patrol commander to retire

Education

UNC School of the Arts may go for online learning due to COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus

Greensboro site to administer 3,000 daily vaccine doses starting March 10

Nation/World

$1.9 billion relief bill closer to passage in House

Nation/World

Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely

Coronavirus

Advisers OK single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

Local

Post wins 18 N.C. Press Association Awards

Education

Cooper vetoes bill that would force K-12 schools to reopen

Local

Lanning named Spencer’s fire chief

Crime

Blotter: Feb. 26

Crime

Salisbury, Kannapolis men charged with soliciting sexual acts

News

Racial bias ‘deeply entrenched’ in report critical of Apex Police Department

Nation/World

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

Elections

City council again dismisses idea of adding new member, focus now on recommendation to delay elections

Business

‘Let’s make some money:’ Loosened restrictions praised by bar owners, baseball team

High School

Salisbury High bucks historical trend in dominant shutout of West Rowan

Enochville

Garage declared total loss after Enochville fire

Crime

Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

Coronavirus

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan, six for the week

Crime

Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station

Crime

Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor

Crime

Road rage incident results in assault charges

Local

Dukeville lead testing results trickle in, more participation needed