Senate give final approval to North Carolina budget compromise

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – The state Senate sent the $21.7 billion budget to the House Wednesday.

Despite that budget passing by a 37-13 vote, Democratic senators 9 On Your Side spoke with say they don’t feel as if it’s the right thing for North Carolina.

They don’t think it moved the state forward.

Senator Don Davis was one of the senators to vote against the budget again. He says he wants to ensure the state provides state employees’ wages they can actually live on.

One of the major things he disagreed with in the budget was the funding for education. He feels it wasn’t enough.

“It’s clear we are still struggling right now with instructional support, instructional resources, textbooks, you know across the boards, things that will help our children,” explained Sen. Don Davis.

Republican senator Harry Brown on the other hand believes it’s a very favorable budget, one that increases education funding. He caught some heat from education activists for introducing a budget in June they said would have laid off 85 hundred TAs

9 On Your Side asked him about that and he said he never intended to lay off TAs, but rather ensure the money school districts got for TAs was used properly.

“The TA allotment wasn’t being used for TAs,” said Sen. Harry Brown. “It was being used for a lot of other things. So we were, I guess, concerned about that happening, and we felt like if you’re going to argue or those dollars, then spend it on TAs.

With the Senate’s approval of the budget, it now moves to the House for a vote Thursday.

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