2017 Fiscal Year State Budget, NC Budget and Tax Center

Initial review of Governor’s modest public safety budget

Safe communities and efficient courts contribute to a quality of life in local communities that is attractive for raising a family and operating a business. Revisions to the Governor’s modest budget for Justice and Public Safety largely consist of funding for pay increases for state employees, in which the majority of these dollars represent one-time bonus payments, with modest investments in other areas of the budget.

Here are key items in the Justice & Public Safety budget.

Judicial Branch

  • Funding provided for discretionary one-time bonuses, maximum $3,000, to selected state employees ($9.9 million).
  • Funding provided for permanent experience-based pay raises for clerks and magistrates, and market-based salary adjustment for assistant district attorneys ($7.4 million).
  • Transfers dollars from Department of Health and Human Services for specialty courts that serve special populations such as individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues ($2.5 million).

Judicial Branch – Indigent Defense

  • Funding provided for discretionary one-time bonuses, maximum $3,000, to selected state employees ($1.04 million).
  • Funding provided for market-based salary adjustment for Assistant Public Defender ($1.08 million).
  • One-time additional funding provided for private counsel assigned to those unable to pay for legal representation ($3.5 million).

Department of Justice

  • Funding provided for discretionary one-time bonuses, maximum $3,000, to selected state employees ($1.08 million).
  • Additional funding provided to outsource toxicology cases in order to reduce crime lab backlog of criminal drug cases ($2.2 million).

Department of Public Safety

  • Funding provided for discretionary one-time bonuses, maximum $3,000, to selected state employees ($31 million).
  • Additional funding to increase pay for correctional officers, custody supervisors, and prison facility administrators ($10 million).
  • Funding provided for permanent experience-based pay raises for eligible state highway patrol troopers as well as for teachers and principals in public safety facilities ($2.1 million).
  • Funding provided for discretionary permanent salary increases for selected State Bureau of Investigation and Alcohol Law Enforcement agents ($986,487).
  • Funding provided to implement technology that detects cell phones inside prison facilities ($4.6 million).

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