BTC BRIEF: Legislative Budget Targets: Cutting to the heart of state and local jobs and services
By Brenna Burch
Public Policy Analyst, BTC
- The leadership in the NC General Assembly has given each legislative joint appropriations subcommittee a spending target to aim for as its members create budget proposals for each department of state government. These targets are based on a $18.3 billion total budget—$1.6 billion less than the governor’s budget proposal—and would require drastic budget cuts in all areas, from schools to health care to services for those who are elderly and disabled.
- An $18.3 billion budget would be an 8.4 percent reduction over the current year budget, making it the largest year-over-year percent reduction in total state spending in the last 30 years.
- Such extensive state spending cuts, along with accompanying reductions in local spending, would eliminate thousands of jobs and undermine North Carolina’s nascent economic recovery.