SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Each week Rowan County Representative Harry Warren, (R-District 77), provides WBTV with his weekly newsletter. That newsletter is published weekly, unedited, as a public service.
This past week, the House and the Senate each named their respective conferees to the conference committee that will strive to resolve the differences between the two chambers' budget proposals.
It is hoped that they will reach a compromise and produce a Conference Report this week that will satisfy each chamber. If so, each chamber will vote to concur with the report and will then submit it to the Governor for his signature.
We appear to have the same priorities in mind: a substantial raise for teacher; retracting the Common Core implementation; addressing the coal ash situation; continuing the deregulation of unnecessary, burdensome and/or outdated impediments to business growth; and, implementing meaningful Medicaid reforms, among other items.
While the short session's primary purpose is for budgetary adjustments, these major subjects, and others, demand immediate attention and cannot be delayed until the 2015 long session. In some cases, we can expect to see measures taken that will temporarily address an issue, while more time will be devoted to studying long-term or permanent solutions between now and the beginning of the new session in January.
I want to thank those of you who have sent me e-mails expressing your concerns about each of those subjects and others that you find of concern. Your input is greatly appreciated.
Until the budget has been resolved, the legislative schedule is a very fluid concept. Typically, the General Assembly begins work on Monday and completes its legislative work on Thursday. Members may remain in Raleigh to work on legislation or constituent service or they are free to return to their home districts for constituent service or their personal employment.
During this budgetary process, however, we could very easily be called into a Friday session; therefore, we have all been hesitant to commit to scheduling anything critical back in our districts on a Friday. Despite that possibility, I have scheduled the June Town Hall for this Friday, June 27th, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the County Commissioners' Chamberlocated at 130 West Innes Street, Salisbury. Please be aware that it may need to be rescheduled or canceled at the last minute to comply with the needs of the House of Representatives in Raleigh.
Here is a recap of last week's activities at the General Assembly:
(Certain items of this report provided by and reprinted with the permission of MVA Public Affairs.)