The operations of government and the targeted deployment of public services for public goals is the purpose of the General Government budget area.
In year’s past, the General Government area of the budget has supported important investments in affordable housing development and the supports to managing efficient and effective core functions of government.
Here are a few of the key items to highlight in the General Government budget:
• Creates a statewide network that develops and leverages existing NC entrepreneurial management talent and recruits investors, entrepreneurs and managers to NC ($2.5 million).
• Translates University research and development for commercialization through non-profits or housing entities ($2.5 million).
• Provides funding to conduct a School Facility Needs Assessment for low-wealth counties (despite an existing assessment indicating that $8 billion is needed for school construction). In 2013, lawmakers eliminated a dedicated school construction fund via the corporate income tax revenue in order to pay down the cost of the income tax rate cuts ($1 million).
• Funds to support access to permanent, community-based integrated housing for individuals with disabilities, directly supporting Olmstead Settlement ($5.5 million). Provides no additional funding for the Housing Trust Fund or the Workforce Housing Fund, despite pressing needs.
• Provides additional funding for the Human Relations Commission, which lawmakers placed on a continuation review last year ($788,076).
• Expands elections outreach to help ensure fair elections (but leaves in place recent election law changes such as Voter ID) and implements a new campaign e-filing process (more than $900,000).