A week from today state lawmakers return to Raleigh and begin work in earnest on the 2015 “long” legislative session. House and Senate leaders have indicated teacher pay, job creation, and possibly tax reform will be back on the agenda this year. But some members are concerned that recent tax reforms may leave North Carolina without sufficient revenue to make good on its promises.
A recent report by the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division finds General Fund collections through December about $200 million less than projections.
Rep. Darren Jackson says if the revenue gap widens lawmakers may have difficulty increasing the salaries of teachers and state employees. Jackson also agrees with Chief Justice Mark Martin that more must be done during this session to improve the technology in North Carolina’s beleaguered court system.
Rep. Jackson appeared over the weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon. Click below to hear an excerpt of our radio interview or click here to listen to the full podcast.
To learn more about the funding crisis facing North Carolina’s court system read this piece by Policy Watch’s Courts and Law reporter Sharon McCloskey.