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    • Budget timeframe: Biennial

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1 

      The current state budget, as revised by lawmakers, can be found here.  

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

      NC Gov. McCroryGov. Pat McCrory
      Office of Governor Pat McCrory
      20301 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
      Phone: (919) 733-5811
      Fax: (919) 733-2120
      http://www.governor.state.nc.us/

       

       

       

      Art Pope, State Budget Director
      Office of State Budget & Management
      20320 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, NC 27699-0320
      Phone (919) 807-4700
      Fax: (919) 733-0640
      www.osbm.state.nc.us
      art.pope@osbm.nc.gov

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities.

       

      North Carolina is required to pass a "balanced budget." Article III, Section 5 of the 1971 Constitution states that the total expenditures of the State for the fiscal period covered by the budget shall not exceed the total of receipts during that fiscal period and the surplus remaining in the State Treasury at the beginning of the period. Section 143c-4-1 of the State law further declares that the budget recommended by the Governor and the budget enacted by the General Assembly shall be balanced and shall include two fiscal years beginning on July 1 of each odd-numbered year. Each fiscal year and each fund shall be balanced separately. The budget for a fund is balanced when the beginning unreserved fund balance for the fiscal year, together with the projected receipts to the fund during the fiscal year, is equal to or greater than the sum of appropriations from the fund for that fiscal year. North Carolina law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next. North Carolina law requires the Governor to keep a watchful eye on the budget, and to make necessary corrections when deficits begin to develop.

       

      Our study revealed that despite the balance budget requirements mentioned above, North Carolina's Budgetary Comparison Schedules reported three years of budget deficits (negative net transactions).

       

      The State maintains the following individual major funds: the General Fund, the Highway Fund, and the Highway Trust Fund. Information within the CAFR for all other funds is aggregated for presentation purposes. The State budgets on a cash basis and the major governmental fund that is budgeted is the General Fund. This is evident by significant differences between actual and budgeted figures (revenues and expenditures) being reported with the State's CAFRs.  [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions: North Carolina

      A Blueprint for Budget Reform

      Civitas Institute | by Brian Balfour | September 12, 2012

      The ongoing state budget "crisis" strongly underscores the urgent need for North Carolina to adapt significant state budget reforms, including putting North Carolina taxpayers back in charge of approving new debt, and forcing legislators and state agencies at reasonable intervals to justify all spending, not just spending increases.

    • Research

      Promises Made, Promises Broken 2014: Unfunded Liabilities Hit $4.7 Trillion

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | November 12, 2014

      State Budget Solutions' latest research reveals that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion, up from $4.1 trillion in 2013. Overall, the combined plans' funded status has dipped three percentage points to 36%. Split among all Americans, the unfunded liability is over $15,000 per person. 

       

    • Promises Made, Promises Broken 2014: Unfunded Liabilities Hit $4.7 Trillion

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | November 12, 2014

      State Budget Solutions' latest research reveals that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion, up from $4.1 trillion in 2013. Overall, the combined plans' funded status has dipped three percentage points to 36%. Split among all Americans, the unfunded liability is over $15,000 per person. 

       

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      Williams Report - October 6, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | October 6, 2014

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      Williams Report - October 6, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | October 6, 2014

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    • Headlines : Ohio, New York, North Carolina

      State Governments in an Era of Unemployment Debt

      State Budget Solutions | by Daniel Wang | September 22, 2014

      Since the 2009 recession, states have been plagued by a surging demand in unemployment compensation. 

    • Research

      Common Core Costs: Examining California's Five Largest School Districts

      State Budget Solutions | by Hannah Oh | September 16, 2014

      There seems to be an endless amount of controversy surrounding the Common Core. Vocal supporters and critics are not hard to find. This report suggests that there is another point of contention to consider: the costs of the technology upgrades required to implement Common Core.

    • RESEARCH

      Common Core Costs: Examining California's Five Largest School Districts

      State Budget Solutions | by Hannah Oh | September 16, 2014

      There seems to be an endless amount of controversy surrounding the Common Core. Vocal supporters and critics are not hard to find. This report suggests that there is another point of contention to consider: the costs of the technology upgrades required to implement Common Core.

    • Headlines : California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina

      Williams Report - August 25, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 25, 2014

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    • HEADLINES: California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina

      Williams Report - August 25, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 25, 2014

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

    • California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina

      Williams Report - August 25, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 25, 2014

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.