Today in a preliminary Senate vote, the Senate rejected the unemployment bill that includes $500 million in aid to NC for this year’s budget. Senator Hagan voted for this help and Senator Burr voted against helping North Carolina.
Without this budget aid, the NC budget (and the budgets of over 30 other states) will be in big, big trouble. A $500 million hole in our budget would put the NC General Assembly and NC in a tough position. For example, substantial cuts to the UNC system – including a cap in enrollment that caused huge controversy — were avoided last week when budget writers found $85 million more for the system. Budget writers are also routinely making decisions like the House’s to underfund programs like children’s health insurance, so that new kids who need coverage will shortly be turned away.