N.C. Budget Highlights Comparison: Governor, Senate, and House

Here is a table comparing highlights of the proposed budgets by the Governor, the N.C. Senate and the N.C. House for 2018-19. Find more analysis on these budgets at www.ncjustice.org/statebudget. Click on one of the links below to quickly jump to a section.

Budget Area Governor (Recommended) Senate (SB 257) House
State Spending & Saving
Providing adequate investments in public services

• Governor's recommended budget for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) includes a total of $23.478 billion in General Fund spending.

• Total General Fund spending for FY18 is 1.0% above FY08 pre-recession spending

• For FY19, total General Fund spending is $23.8 billion

• House budget for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) includes a total of $22.9 billion in General Fund spending.

• Total General Fund spending for FY18 is 1.5 percent below FY08 pre-recession spending

• For FY19, total General Fund spending is $23.4 billion

• House budget for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) includes a total of $22.9 billion in General Fund spending.

• Total General Fund spending for FY18 is 1.5 percent below FY08 pre-recession spending

• For FY19, total General Fund spending is $23.7 billion

Preparing for the future

• Puts $312 million of available revenue into Savings Reserve (Rainy Day Fund, RDF)

• Places additional $100 million into separate reserve fund to replace nearly all RDF dollars provided for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in December 2016.

• Puts $100 million of available revenue reserve for repair and renovation of state buildings

• Places $150 million into separate Retiree Healthcare Reserve fund

• Puts $263 million of available revenue into Savings Reserve (Rainy Day Fund)

• Puts $120 million of available revenue reserve for repair and renovation of state buildings

• Returns all $100.9 million of RDF provided for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in December 2016 to Savings Reserve.

• Puts $263 million of available revenue into Savings Reserve (Rainy Day Fund)

• Puts $365 million of available revenue reserve for repair and renovation of state buildings

• Returns all $100.9 million of RDF provided for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in December 2016 to Savings Reserve.

Providing additional disaster relief assistance

• Utilizes estimated $15 million in cash remaining from FY2017 for disaster relief assistance

• Places additional $100 million in state funding in dedicated reserve for Hurricane Matthew and related disaster assistance.

• Provides $80 million is to provide State match for federal disaster assistance programs

• Provides additional $70 million for further disaster relief assistance.

• Places $150 million of state funding in to State Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Fund

• Provides $2.76 million in state funding for FY2017 to offset enrollment declines at affected community colleges related to Hurricane Matthew.

Tax changes

• Reinstates a child and dependent care tax credit starting in fiscal year 2019.

• Replaces existing film and entertainment grant program with a refundable tax credit incentive program starting January 1, 2018. New program will cost $20 million for fiscal year 2019.

• Reduces flat personal income tax rate to 5.35% from 5.499%

• Increases standard deduction up to $20,000 from $17,500 based on taxpayer filing status

• Increases combined itemize deduction amount cap for mortgage interest and property tax to $22,000 from $20,000 for MFJ filing status, reduces cap for all other tax filing status.

• Replaces existing $100/$125 child tax credit with a deduction that equates to a tax cut ranging from $26.75 to $133.75 per child based on taxpayer income and filing status.

• Lowers corporate income tax rate to 2.5% from 3% over two years

• Reduces franchise tax paid by some S Corporations
• Adopts market-based sourcing for bank

• Increases standard deduction up to $20,000 from $17,500 based on taxpayer filing status

• Increases combined itemize deduction amount cap for mortgage interest and property tax to $22,000 from $20,000 for all filing statuses.

• Reduces franchise tax rate paid by C Corps and S Corps to $1.40 from $1.50 per $1,000 of a corporation’s taxable tax base.

• Exempts mill machinery from sales tax

• Provides sales tax exemption for distribution equipment purchased by eligible large customer fulfillment centers.

• Creates a new sales tax refund for small and rural research and development businesses.

Increasing pay for educators and state employees

• For FY18, budget includes a total to $606.5 million in state funding for teacher pay raises and pay increases for other state-funded employees.

• Includes $66.7 million in state funding for one-time 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment for retirees for FY18.

• For FY18, budget includes a total to $291 million in state funding for pay increases for teachers (based on current teacher salary schedule), school-based administrators, and other state-funded employees.

• Uses $28 million in lottery receipts to provide pay increases for principals and assistant principals for FY18. Lottery dollars are considered one-time dollars. 

• No additional state funding provided for cost of living adjustment for retirees.

• Includes a total to $390 million in state funding for pay increases and one-time bonuses for teachers (based on revised teacher salary schedule), school-based administrators, and other state-funded employees for FY18.

• Provides one-time 1.6 percent cost of living supplement for retirees for FY18.

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Early childhood
Serving all eligible 4-year olds in pre-K • Provides $36 million over two years to serve 4,668 more four-year olds in Pre-K program; eliminating the waitlist  • Allocates $18.2 million of federal TANF block grant dollars to provide to serve an 1,150 more four-years olds in Pre-K program; cutting the waitlist in half • Allocates $36.4 million  over two years ($18.2 million which will come from TANF) to provide to serve an 4,700 more four-years olds in Pre-K program; eliminating the waitlist
Increasing the slots for child care subsidy • Provides $13 million in receipt funding for 2,000 additional slots for child care subsidy payments and to increase the Child Care Subsidy market rate by 25percent. • No additional state funding increase number of children and families served by the child care subsidy program. • No additional state funding increase number of children and families served by the child care subsidy program.
Addressing the child care subsidy market rates

• Increases the Child Care Subsidy market rate by 25 percent

• Provides $817,133 of state funding to create personnel positions focused on improving the quality of existing child care programs and initiatives

• Uses $13 million of federal TANF block grant funds to increase market rate for 3-,4-, and 5-star childcare centers and homes.

• Uses $913,972 of federal CCDF block grant funding to create personnel positions focused on improving the quality of existing child care programs and initiatives.

• Replaces State appropriation with TANF funding on a nonrecurring basis. TANF funding of $392,420 is provided in FY 2017-18 and $294,697 is provided in FY 2018-19
Boosting the pay of early childhood educators n/a n/a n/a
NC Smart Start • Provides $15 million to increase state funding for Smart Start program by 10 percent. • Provides $10.5 million over two years to increase access to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a Smart Start program literacy initiative. • Provides $5.1 million over two years to increase access to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a Smart Start program literacy initiative.

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K-12 Education
Reducing class size responsibly • No additional state funding provided to meet mandated class size reduction • No additional state funding provided to meet mandated class size reduction • No additional state funding provided to meet mandated class size reduction
Increasing access to instructional supplies and textbooks

• Provides $14 million in additional state funding to provide teachers a $150 instructional supplies stipend

• Provides $10 million in lottery funds (one-time) and $3 million in Indian Gaming receipts for textbooks and digital material 

• No additional state funding provided for instructional supplies

• Provides total of $1.1 million in additional funding for textbooks and digital materials compared to 2016-17 school year

• Provides $10.3 million in one-time state funding for textbooks and digital resources.

• No additional state funding provided for instructional supplies

Boosting the pay of teachers and administrators

• Provides a total of $370 million in state funding for pay raises for classroom teachers, administrators, and other school personnel and one-time bonus payments

 

• Provides $180 million in state funding for teacher pay raises, administrators, and other school personnel

• Provides $28 million in lottery dollars for principal and assistant principal pay raises

Provides a total of $242.9 million in state funding for pay raises and one-time bonuses for teachers, LEA employees, school counselors, and school-based administrators for FY18.

Additional funding to increase school support personnel • Allocates $20 million in lottery receipts for LEAs to hire additional school-based personnel to help improve student outcomes. n/a • Provides $11.3 million to increase the funding cap allotment for children with disabilities.
Providing support to public schools

• Provides a total of $6.2 million to expand access to digital learning content and professional development for teachers

• Provides $10 million for planning and coaching support for teachers and school leaders in low-performing schools

• Cuts DPI’s central office administration budget by $10 million

• Reduces DPI’s operating funds by 25 percent ($13 million)

• Provides $18.7 million (one-time funding) to modernize information systems used by DPI

• Cuts state funding for DPI’s central office by $5 million for FY18 and an add'l $5 million for FY19

• Includes $10 million to develop a plan to modernize business systems used by DPI

• Total of $8 million in state funding cuts for small innovative and specialty high schools as well as small county supplemental funding in part due to changes to allocation methods and other changes to the programs.

Private voucher program

• Provides $4.75 million in one-time state funding to honor existing commitments to students with Opportunity Scholarships already awarded for the 2017-18 academic year and to fund the remaining years of scholarship for those students. This budget action in reflected in UNC System section of House budget.

• No additional state funding provided for Opportunity Scholarships

• Increases base budget by $20 million for FY18 to account for increase in state funding for private voucher program (Opportunity Scholarships). This budget action in reflected in UNC System section of House budget.

 

• Increases base budget by $20 million for FY18 to account for increase in state funding for private voucher program (Opportunity Scholarships). This budget action in reflected in UNC System section of House budget.

 

Other notable budget actions n/a n/a • Makes $50 million one-time state funding cut for transportation services and replaces with lottery receipt dollars.
Allocation of education lottery dollars

• Provides $10 million in lottery funds (one-time) and $3 million in Indian Gaming receipts for textbooks and digital material.

• Allocates $20 million in lottery receipts for LEAs to hire additional school-based personnel to help improve student outcomes.

• Continues to fully fund non-instructional support personnel with lottery receipts and not state funding.

• Allocates $28 million of lottery receipt dollars to provide pay increase to school-based administrators for FY18. A total of $33.6 million of lottery receipts are used to provide pay increases to these educators. This is a new expenditure of education lottery receipts.

• Continues to fully fund non-instructional support personnel with lottery receipts and not state funding. For FY18 and FY19, total lottery receipts remain at same level as FY17.

• Allocates $50 million of lottery receipts to replace equivalent state funding cut for transportation services. This is a new expenditure of education lottery receipts.

• Allocates additional $53.4 million of lottery receipts to replace equivalent state funding cut for UNC need-based financial aid.

• Continues to fully fund non-instructional support personnel with lottery receipts and not state funding and increases lottery receipts by $11.6 million for FY18.

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Post-Secondary Education
Building a skilled and trained workforce

• Provides $15.3 million in state funding for continuing education courses to be funded as the same level as curriculum courses

• Provides $2.5 million in state funding for financial aid to support students enrolled in non-credit, short-term workforce training programs that lead to industry credentials.

• Provides $7.5 million in state funding for student support services (e.g. academic advising and counseling) to increase degree completion at community colleges.

• Provides an additional $1.1 million to place additional career coaches in high schools to assist students with career planning and identifying community colleges that aligns with career goals.

• Provides $3 million to help community colleges purchase specialty equipment or technical instruction for needed workforce development training programs with high start-up costs

• Makes no additional investments in student support services or programming needs to increase credential and degree attainment

• Provides an additional $1.1 million to place additional career coaches in high schools to assist students with career planning and identifying community colleges that aligns with career goals.

• No state funding provided to assist community colleges with start-up costs for certain high-cost workforce training programs for FY18. For FY19, $3 million in recurring state funding is provided.

• Makes no additional investments in student support services or programming needs to increase credential and degree attainment

• Provides an additional $1.1 million to place additional career coaches in high schools to assist students with career planning and identifying community colleges that aligns with career goals.

• Provides $2 million in one-time state funding to assist community colleges with start-up costs for certain high-cost workforce training programs for FY18.

Promoting innovation, research, and higher learning

• Provides $3 million in state funding for recruitment and retention of faculty within UNC System

• Provides additional $2 million of targeted funding for highly innovative research projects

• Provides $23.5 million in additional funding from lottery receipts and escheat fund dollars for need-based financial aid for eligible students within UNC System.

• Provides additional $2 million in state funding for need-based scholarships for NC students attending private colleges

• Provides additional $4 million in state funding for cancer research

• Provides a total of $8.95 million of largely one-time funding to upgrade data collections and information systems within UNC System.

• Includes an $1.8 million state funding cut to UNC System’s operating budget for FY18 and another $19.9 million largely one-time flexibility cut to operating budget for FY19.

• Cuts $8 million in state funding for centers and institutes that often serve as additional resources for R&D, applied learning opportunities for students as well as connection points between college campuses and communities across the state.

• Reduces state funding for UNC Chapel Hill’s law school by $4 million, a 30 percent funding cut

• Provides $3 million in state funding to increase the number of available medical student slots at the UNC School of Medicine

• Fails to provide additional state funding for need-based grant aid to ensure access to postsecondary education is affordable.

• Provides a total of $10 million of largely one-time funding to upgrade data collections and information systems within UNC System.

• Includes an $21.9 million one-time state funding cut to UNC System’s operating budget for FY18 and another $28 million largely one-time flexibility cut to operating budget for FY19.

• Provides $3 million in additional state funds for faculty recruitment and retention within UNC System.

• Cuts state funding by $53.4 million for UNC need-based financial aid and replaces with lottery receipts

• Fails to provide additional state funding for need-based grant aid to ensure access to postsecondary education is affordable.

Allocation of education lottery dollars

• Provides $11 million in lottery receipts for FY19 to fully fund NC Promise initiative.

• Allocates $19.4 million of lottery receipts for FY19 to establish new scholarship program that provides full cost of community college tuition and mandatory fees for recent North Carolina high school graduates.

• Allocates $5 million of lottery receipts for FY19 to provide up to $1,000 financial aid assistance to student who enroll in non-credit, short-term workforce training programs that lead to industry credential.

• Allocates $5 million in lottery receipts for FY19 to establish a new forgivable loan program to provide eligible NC students the opportunity to earn undergraduate education degrees in exchange for a commitment to teach in a North Carolina public school.

• Allocates additional $20 million in lottery receipts for UNC Need-based Financial Aid program to replace equality state funding cut for program.

• Allocates $28 million of lottery receipt dollars to provide pay increase to school-based administrators for FY18. A total of $33.6 million of lottery receipts are used to provide pay increases to these educators. This is a new expenditure of education lottery receipts.

• Continues to fully fund non-instructional support personnel with lottery receipts and not state funding. For FY18 and FY19, total lottery receipts remain at same level as FY17.

• Allocates $50 million of lottery receipts to replace equivalent state funding cut for transportation services. This is a new expenditure of education lottery receipts.

• Allocates additional $53.4 million of lottery receipts to replace equivalent state funding cut for UNC need-based financial aid.

• Continues to fully fund non-instructional support personnel with lottery receipts and not state funding and increases lottery receipts by $11.6 million for FY18 for pay increase for these personnel.

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Healthcare services
Close the health coverage gap • Proposes Medicaid expansion to cover over half a million additional individuals in need at minimal cost to the state’s general fund. • Does not propose Medicaid expansion. • Does not propose Medicaid expansion.
Addressing Mental Health issues • Provides $12 million in statewide mental health single stream funds to help combat the opioid crisis, 
provides $2 million to enhance local law enforcement’s efforts to fight opioid abuse. 
• Provides $250,000 per year for an opioid prevention pilot program in Wilmington • Provides an additional $100,000 per year to purchase opioid antagonists (drug overdose medication).
Covering Aging and Adult Services • Increases the Division of Aging and Adult Services budget next year by $6 million, which includes $4 million for in-home aides, transportation and meals to older, low-income residents • Increases the Division of Aging and Adult Services budget next year by $1 million, which would be for the 'Home and Community Care Block Grant'. • Increases the Division of Aging an Adult Services budget next year by $969,000, which would be for the 'Home and Community Care Block Grant'.

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Housing
Development of low-income housing units • Provides $20 million in non-recurring money to the Workforce Housing Loan Program

• Increases to $10 million the investment in the Housing Trust Fund
 

• Does not provide any additional state money to the Workforce Housing Loan Program using just Moody’s settlement money in the first year

•    Maintains Housing Trust Fund at current funding level of $7.66 million
 

• Provides $3.9 million in non-recurring state money in FY18 for the Workforce Housing Loan Program and allocates Moody’s settlement money to reach $20 million in non-recurring dollars

• Maintains Housing Trust Fund at current funding level of $7.66 million
 

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Foster Care
Invest in prevention of child abuse and neglect

n/a

 

• Provides $8.7 million in state funding for FY18 for a Child Welfare Program Improvement Plan.

• For FY19, a total of $9.4 million in mostly recurring state funding is provided for this initiative.

• Provides $8.7 million in state funding for FY18 for a Child Welfare Program Improvement Plan.

• For FY19, a total of $9.4 million in mostly recurring state funding is provided for this initiative.

Caseload growth • Provides $17 million in state funding over two years to support growth in foster care caseload. • Provides $270,903 in FY18 to support growth in foster care caseload. For FY19, $2.45 million in state funding is provided to support caseloan growth. • Provides $270,903 in FY18 to support growth in foster care caseload. For FY19, $2.45 million in state funding is provided to support caseloan growth.

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Social Services
Food and Nutrution Services n/a • Prohibits the state from utilizing catergorical eligibility, eliminating SNAP benefits for 133,000 low-income North Carolinians. n/a
Regonalization of DSS offices n/a • Allows for the creation of regional departments of social services n/a
Social Services Block Grant Funds n/a • Eliminates $2.7 million in state funding for Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) services and replaces with federal block grant funding. • Eliminates $2.7 million in state funding for Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) services and replaces with federal block grant funding.

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Justice and Public Safety
Increase access to indigent services • Provides additional $2.9 million in state funding to increase hourly rate for private counsel representing offenders declared indigent (poor) by the courts. • No additional state funding provided for access to private counsel for indigent (poor) offenders.
No additional state funding provided for access to private counsel for indigent (poor) offenders.
 
Eliminates allocation of General Court of Justice court cost that goes to the NC State Bar for Access to Civil Justice. These funds are used to provide access to legal representation for indigent persons in certain kinds of civil matters.
Raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction • Provides $14.2 million of state funding to support proposed Raise the Age legislation that would raise the age of juvenile criminal jurisdiction and to build a new youth development center. • No state funding provided to support Raise the Age initiative. • No state funding provided to support Raise the Age initiative.
Fund efficient courts and staff

• Provides funding for additional attorney positions to assist with criminal appeal caseloads.

• Provides $1.3 million in state funding to enhance State Crime lab and $500,000 (one-time funding) to replace lab equipment.

• Provides $896,662 million in state funding to enhance State Crime lab.

 

• Provides $896,662 million in state funding to enhance State Crime lab.

 

Enhance services for offenders with mental illness • Provides $5.8 million for fiscal year 2018 to enhance services for mentally ill offenders • No additional state funding provided to enhance access to mental illness services for offenders. • No additional state funding provided to enhance access to mental illness services for offenders.
Promote safe and healthy communities

• Provides $2 million (one-time) in state funding for grants to assist local law enforcement efforts to combat opioid abuse.

• Provides additional $2 million in state funding for strategic intervention and programs to reduce delinquent behavior.

• Provides a total of $3 million for pre- and post-release services for inmates, including extending the time offenders can stay in transitional housing before returning to local communities after incarceration.

• Provides a total of $4 million in state funding for various support initiatives that continue the implementation of Justice Reinvestment Act that was passed in 2011.

• Provides $250,000 (one-time) state funding for pilot project with City of Wilmington to address opiate and heroin overdose issue.

• Provides $500,000 in additional state funding to expand access to reentry services to help former inmates reintegrate into local communities.

• Provides $1 million to expand access to transitional housing for offenders returning to local communities after incarceration.

• Provides $2.5 million in state funding for FY18 to create 32 new assistant DA positions throughout the state. Additional state funding provided for five additional assistant DA positions for FY19.

• Provides $2.7 million in state funding to create 56 new deputy clerk positions in various districts throughout the state.

• Provides $250,000 (one-time) state funding for pilot project with City of Wilmington to address opiate and heroin overdose issue.

• Provides $2.5 million in state funding for FY18 to create 32 new assistant DA  positions throughout the state. Addtional state funding provided for five additional assistant DA positions for FY19.

• Provides $2.7 million in state funding to create 56 new deputy clerk positions in various districts through the state.

Other budget highlights n/a • No additional funding provided for initiatives that support the Justice Reinvestment Act. • No additional funding provided for initiatives that support the Justice Reinvestment Act.

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Commerce
Innovation Economy
• Provides $3 million in non-recurring appropriation to the Community Innovation Fund to support businesses that are transitioning into the knowledge-based economy.
 
• Provides $10 million in one-time funds to the NC Invests Program to support finding commercial applications for innovations emerging from university laboratories.
 
• Provides $445,000 (recurring) to create the Innovation Fellowship Program to encourage employees at startup companies to remain instead.

• Eliminates the Office of Science, Technology, and Innovation from the Department of Commerce.

• Provides $2 million to North Carolina State University to support development of innovative biopharmaceuticals manufacturing processes.

• Provides $4.4 million in non-recurring funds for FY 2017-18 and $700,000 in recurring funds to support the Food Processing Innovation Center at the NC Research Campus.

• Provides $2 million to North Carolina State University to support development of innovative biopharmaceuticals manufacturing processes.

• Provides $4.4 million in non-recurring funds for FY 2017-18 and $700,000 in recurring funds to support the Food Processing Innovation.

Broadband connectivity • Provides  $20 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year for grants and planning to bring broadband connectivity to under-served communities.

• Provides $250,000 to support the Broadband Infrastructure Office

• Provides $250,000 to support the Broadband Infrastructure Office
Downtown revitalization • Provides  $5 million increase (non-recurring) to the Main Street Solutions Fund

• Provides $1 million in one-time state funding to the Main Street Solutions Fund.

• Provides additional $2.8 million in non-recurring funds to support specific projects identified in the budget, instead of Rural Economic Development Division within Dept. of Commerce determining which projects to support.

• Transfers $1 million to the Main Street Solutions Fund from the Industrial Development Fund Utility Account.
Mega-site acquisition

• Provides $30 million in new funds and transfers $10 million from the Industrial Development Fund to acquire and prepare a site that can attract a major manufacturing plant, automobile assembly for example.

 • Provides another $20 million to the Manufacturing Site Development Fund, for similar purposes

• Provides $2.5 million in new funds and transfers $10 million from the Industrial Development Fund to acquire and prepare a site that can attract a major manufacturing plant, automobile assembly for example. • Provides $5.7 million in new funds and transfers $7 million from the Industrial Development Fund to acquire and prepare a site that can attract a major manufacturing plant, automobile assembly for example.
Economic development incentives

• Provides $4 million in additional funds to the One NC incentive fund

• Provides $1 million in additional funds to the Job Maintenance and Capital Development Fund

• Reduces appropriation to the One NC incentive Fund in FY 2017-18 by $8.9 million, nearly all of the funds that are currently slated for this program. Funding to return in FY 2018-19.

• Provides $1.2 million in additional funds to the Job Maintenance and Capital Development Fund

• Reduces funding for the Job Development Investment Grant program by $4.1 million in FY 2017-18. Reduction reflects a decrease in need for funds in this program for the upcoming fiscal year.

• Provides $1.2 million in additional funds to the Job Maintenance and Capital Development Fund.

• Transfers $1 million from the Industrial Development Fund Utility Account to the One NC Small Business Fund, which supports matching grants to small businesses that receive federal small business innovation and research grants.

• Reduces funding for the Job Development Investment Grant program by $4.1 million in FY 2017-18. Reduction reflects a decrease in need for funds in this program for the upcoming fiscal year.

• Reduces appropriation to the One NC incentive Fund in FY 2017-18 by $8.9 million, nearly all of the funds that are currently slated for this program. Funding to return in FY 2018-19.

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Environment
Providing adequate department staffing • Adds 48 full-time equivalent positions • Cuts 56 full-time equivalent positions • Cuts 6.75 full-time equivalent positions
Environmental Education program that educates about the environment and natural world • Appropriates $2.9 million to program that education North Carolinians about the enviroment and natural world • Eliminates program that education North Carolinians about the enviroment and natural world • Keeps the program at $165,000
Promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency • Appropriates $1.7 million • Decreases funding by two-thirds, to $636,000 • Decreases funding by $87,000
Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service helps businesses save energy, reduce waste n/a • Eliminates program • Keeps the program, but decreases funding by $16,000 to $2.89
Protecting the environment through a robust agency • Overall $84.8 million appropriation, a 3% increase • A $70 million appropriation, a 10% decrease • $78 million; no such directive
Funding clean energy research at three public universities • $1 million • Eliminates all state funding • Appropriates $150,000 each fiscal year
Other environmental budget actions n/a • Directs NC DEQ Secretary to identify $4.5 million in cuts for departmental efficiency • Eliminates funding for collaboratory; transfers one $150,000 project to NC Sea Grant; funds a ferry-based water quality monitoring program $150,000; funds chemical treatment of Jordan Lake up to $1.3 million

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Agriculture
Support small farms and minority farmers • Retains $237,000 for small farm program • Eliminates program • Retains $237,000 for small farm program
Protect farms through Farmland Preservation Trust Fund • Provides one-time funding $1.35 million, with $400,000 annual appropriation • Appropriates $1 million • Appropriates $1.1 million
Funding for outside counsel in Waters of the US lawsuit • No appropriation • Transfers $1 million from NC DEQ • No appropriation

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