I hope everyone is having a good week and a nice start to August. Today, Senate leadership held a press conference to announce a new change to the Senate budget. We are going to remove many of the big policy items from the budget in hopes that it will make negotiations with the House easier. Tackling Medicaid reform and economic incentives separately, will leave more room for House and Senate budget writers to compromise on spending numbers.
Our proposal will spend $21.65 billion, which is based on the Tabor number. The Tabor number is a reflection of inflation and population growth, and dictates the adjustment in spending from the previous year’s base budget. The Senate originally spent $21.47 billion and the House $22.155 billion, so this represents a middle ground between the two chambers. I believe this is a fair way to reach a consensus, and look forward to working with the House to get a balanced and fiscally responsible budget passed.
Question of the Week
Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s Question of the Week with what they would like to see incorporated in the newsletter. I look forward to tailoring the newsletter to accommodate your wishes and help us better communicate. This week, I would like to get your opinion on a bill we passed yesterday. The Senate passed House Bill 371, which has a provision to allow the Adjutant General of the National Guard to designate certain members of the guard who have concealed carry permits carry their weapon on them while on duty. This comes in response to the recent terrorist acts in Chattanooga at a Marine recruiting center. What are your thoughts on this provision?
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you in any way possible.
Brent Jackson is a N.C. senator representing District 10, which includes Sampson, Duplin and Johnston counties.