State Budget

JUST RELEASED: Gov. McCrory's Budget Proposal

Both Governor McCrory’s and the Senate’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposals leave too many vital public services operating at diminished levels and would take North Carolina further from the path of broadly shared growth and opportunity. While they would make progress in certain areas—such as a pay raise for teachers and state employees—overall, the spending plan fails to meet the needs of children, working families, and communities.

Click here to read the complete BTC Brief on Gov. McCrory's budget proposal.

Read of coverage of the Senate’s budget proposal by clicking here and here.

IN FOCUS: 2013-2015 Budget Toolkit

To provide you with more detailed information about state budget decisions, the Budget & Tax Center has put together the following issue-specific fact sheets. From education to economic development, these brief analyses of the decisions in the budget and their impacts on North Carolina provide the information for you to educate and inform your networks.

For more tools to talk about the state budget and its impacts, visit Together NC's Budget Toolkit here.


The state budget is a reflection of North Carolina’s values and commitment to supporting economic opportunity and investing in the state’s future. The Budget and Tax Center produces rigorous analysis of state budget proposals to determine if they adequately fund public structures and services, particularly those that promote shared prosperity, quality education, and healthy communities.

Public Investments – Every year, the Budget and Tax Center produces a report on each of the state budget proposals—from the governor, the NC House and the NC Senate—and one on the final budget. We analyze the budgets to determine if they make adequate investments in education, health and human services, the courts and public safety, transportation and the environment. Legislators often refer to our analyses during budget debates, and public officials and progressive organizations throughout the state rely on our reports to help them understand the state budget and what it means for their communities and issue areas.

Fiscal Responsibility – The Budget and Tax Center is the only research organization that looks not only at what investments the state is making but also how it pays for them. In addition to our tax analysis, we look at how decisions about savings, fund transfers, and the use of one-time money affect the state’s long-term fiscal health. The Budget and Tax Center also monitors the transparency and accountability of the budget process.

Human Impacts – The budget makes a difference in our everyday lives and the vibrancy of our communities. The Budget and Tax Center works to engage with communities on the budget and its impacts and monitor and document how it is affecting North Carolinians.