Return to Headlines

Speculation At The General Assembly Indicates Budget Compromise Is Near

Word in the halls of the General Assembly this week was that budget negotiations continue to move quickly, with much of the remaining differences between the House and Senate budgets now left in the hands of the two chambers' leaders, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland). Rumor this week has been that the compromise budget could emerge as early as this weekend, with votes on the spending plan on Monday and Tuesday next week. This is only speculation at this point, and any one issue could drive a wedge between the parties resulting in a weeks long stand-off. However, even this speculation this early in the budget negotiation process is an indication that a final budget is very likely near completion, and that the end of session could occur in the coming weeks. 

Adam Pridemore