[Note: The following analysis pertains to North Carolina’s general government agencies. Every state across the country has general government agencies that provide core public services and functions for citizens and government. In North Carolina, these agencies consist of: Administration, Auditor, General Assembly, Governor, Housing Finance Agency, Insurance, Lieutenant Governor, Military and Veterans Affairs, Office of Administrative Hearings, Revenue, Secretary of State, State Board of Elections, State Budget and Management, State Controller, Treasurer.]
The Senate’s budget provides for development of low-income housing units but falls $4 million short compared to Governor’s request
The Senate’s proposed budget provides $16 million next year in non-recurring money to the Workforce Housing Loan Program (WHLP). In contrast, the governor recommended $20 million in funding for the WHLP to assist with the development of low-income housing units across the state. According to the Senate’s budget, the funds for this program were received by the state from a settlement agreement with Moody’s Corporation.
The Senate’s budget fails the NC Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs
The Senate’s budget also falls $1.7 million short of what the Governor recently recommended for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. This is unfortunate given that one of North Carolina’s goals is “to be the most military friendly state in the country,” and that our state is home to nearly 800,000 veterans, 145,000 military defense personnel, and several major military installations.
The Governor proposed providing the Department an additional $3.9 million over the next biennium. However, the Senate’s budget would only provide the Department $2.2 million of what the Gov. requested. As one example, while the Gov. requested $4 million to support efforts to retain and enhance North Carolina military bases through the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, the Senate only provides $2M to the Military Presence Stabilization Fund (which assists communities in investment efforts to sustain and maintain the state’s military programs and activities).
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