This weeks activities began at 10:00 on Tuesday morning with an appropriation subcommittee chair meeting. The subcommittee chairs were given very specific directions regarding how to proceed with this year’s legislative budget process. Here are the basics:
1. Review impact of agency cuts-these would be the cuts taken after the Governor asked for an additional 5% reduction.
2. Create a budget that includes a 5% reduction off of the fiscal 2011-2012 budget numbers that were passed by General Assembly.
3. Develop a list of actions to be taken including suggestions on consolidation of agencies. This is where expansions could be discussed.
4. Look at all programs that were subject to the continuation review process.
All appropriation budget subcommittee chairs will be receiving their budget target numbers later this week.
At the same time that this is happening Governor Bev Perdue is finalizing her budget, which will be released on April 20th.
The House and Senate will be working on a very tight time line to get their individual budgets completed.
Here is the Proposed Budget Calendar:
Senate to have an adopted budget my May 20th. (eight days after session)
House to have their adopted budget by June 10th.
Final Budget June 29th.
Gavel out on July 1.