State lawmakers focus on budget

Posted by Debra Worley - email

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Members of the House and Senate were suppose to have the state budget completed by July 1, but that didn't happen.

Now, state lawmakers are focusing their attention on the un-finished project.  The state is operating under a temporary spending plan until the permanent deal is finished.

Friday, Gov. Beverly Perdue told lawmakers she would not sign the plan they proposed because she disagreed with a 2% surcharge on income tax.

"Again, I just tell the people to call their representatives," said Brunswick County Representative Frank Iler (R).  "I'm already aware of what's going on, but some of them don't seem to be aware. And they call representatives across the state and let them know they need to know some things about tuition, about the jobs they'll have, and the whole thing, education particularly."

Many school systems are waiting on a final budget before deciding on possible job layoffs.

Iler predicts the budget will be complete in two weeks.

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