Like other areas of the Senate budget, the area of General Government makes little effort to significantly change the way in which the state is investing in the efficient and equitable delivery of public services and in strengthening local economies.
The biggest changes from last year’s budget are for salaries and retirement contributions in many administrative offices of state government funded through the General Government. Additional investments in various technological and analytic capacities are also funded through non-recurring allocations, such as tax fraud analysis through a vendor in the Department of Revenue.
Other notable changes in the Senate proposal
- Restores funding for Human Relations Commission ($545,407) and adds an administrative assistant position.
- Allocates funds for the administration for the Connect NC Bond by adding 9 staff people.
- Renames the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office to the Council for Women and Youth Involvement.
- Authorizes the Housing Finance Agency to expend receipts to increase access to permanent, community-based integrated housing for individuals with disabilities ($25.6 million).
- Provides $5 million in non-recurring funds to retrofit and purchase equipment for a regional career and technical education center in Onslow County.
- Expands in-patient capacity for behavioral and mental health treatment ($12 million in non-recurring funds).
- Provides $2 million in non-recurring funds to child facility-based crisis centers.
Examples of what is missing in the Senate proposal
- Provides no additional funding for the Housing Trust Fund or the Workforce Housing Fund, despite rising housing costs and a decline in state investment since the recession.
- Fails to include funding to expand elections outreach to help ensure fair elections, as was included in the Governor’s budget proposal.