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Budget dance in full swing as House prepares to release its proposal

The House is expected to make its proposal public on Sunday night, so it can be debated in a House Finance Committee meeting Monday. The House Appropriations Committee will likely spend most of Tuesday considering amendments. Then it is House Speaker Tim Moore’s hope to have it approved Friday, in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

Leaders tout $400 million surplus publicly, downplay it privately

This week, as leaders from both the House and Senate and Gov. McCrory praised the announcement of a $400 million revenue surplus, leaders of the House Appropriations Committee were telling SEANC “don’t get your hopes up” that the surplus will go to much needed raises for state employees and cost-of-living adjustments for retirees.