Today’s Topic: An update on North Carolina’s budget

by | May 24, 2011

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Southern Farm Network logoThis week, Commissioner Troxler gives Rhonda an update on the state’s budget process. The state House recently adopted its version of the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Commissioner Troxler tells Rhonda that the House’s version is much less painful to the NCDA&CS than Gov. Beverly Perdue’s proposed budget, which would have cut the department by almost 30 percent. The House version cuts the department by about 4 percent.

But a couple of provisions in the House version are troubling. One provision cuts $100,000 from the operating budget for the state’s agricultural research stations. Another provision eliminates recurring funding for four stations and requires a study to see whether they should be closed.

The state Senate is working on its version of the budget now, so the budget process still has a ways to go.

Click below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about the budget.

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