Uncategorized

It’s official: Senate Approps subcommittees are now just focus groups

(Cross-posted from Legislative Watch).

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Higher Education met this morning (see the WRAL video here) and confirmed a couple of things that we thought we knew: 

  1. The process for Senate consideration of the budget bill will take a while; the subcommittee will probably finish up in two weeks and then the Senate will likely take up the budget in full Appropriations and on the floor after Memorial Day.
  2. Subcommittees will have no power. They won’t actually make amendments or act like a real legislative committee. All they’ll do is discuss things and “flag” issues for “the big chairs” – i.e. the people with the real authority.

In light of this second point, we’ll be trying to reform our language here on The Progressive Pulse and other locations in the Policy Watch empire to make it better reflect the reality on Jones Street. From now on, all Appropriations subcommittees will be referred to as “Appropriations Focus Groups.”

Please adjust your posts and comments accordingly.

Check Also

Best editorial of the weekend: 10 things state lawmakers should do to mend their ways

The best editorial of the weekend actually turned ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

When Gov. Roy Cooper visits Wilmington on Monday, it's unlikely that he will be greeted by the [...]

When Gov. Roy Cooper signed the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention or STOP Act into law last month, [...]

Support for needy districts and key positions within North Carolina’s top public school agency may b [...]

Wilmington is bustling this summer. Downtown, horse-drawn carriages take tourists along the riverfro [...]

It’s not an original thought to point out that the Trump Administration is a larger version of what [...]

Why this is not “business as usual” and should not be condoned Sometimes all one can do is stand and [...]

5.0---percentage of overall state spending in the 2017-2018 budget passed by the General Assembly as [...]

The post A legislative addiction appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more