The NC General Assembly is Back in Raleigh
The North Carolina General Assembly is back at work after holding skeleton sessions for a few weeks following the passage of the COVID-19 recovery package. As always, things are changing rapidly, but here’s what we know (for now):
- Both chambers plan to pass a series of mini budgets, spending mostly CARES Act funds when possible, due to a projected $4 billion revenue shortfall.
- No “new” money will be spent and essential and COVID-19 related expenditures will be the priority.
- The Senate hopes to adjourn before the end of June. The House anticipates adjourning around July 4th.
NCAH’s priorities include:
- funding for tobacco use prevention and cessation programs;
- eliminating the reduced-price lunch copay;
- additional funding for school nutrition program staff, transportation, procurement, and infrastructure needs;
- additional funding for food banks;
- passage of the FIBER Act; and
- closing the health insurance coverage gap.