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This web page is designed to keep the University community apprised of UNCG's response to the unprecedented economic challenges facing North Carolina and the country. The website provides relevant information from President Tom Ross, Chancellor Brady, the Office of State Budget and Management, and other important campus and North Carolina links related to the budget process and ongoing budget reduction plans. This website will be updated as additional relevant information becomes available. To receive notification of website updates, join our listserv.

General Assembly Passes 2014-15 Budget

Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 under Budget News, State Budget News

On August 2, 2014, the North Carolina House and Senate finalized passage of the 2014-15 budget, an adjustment to the second year of the biennial budget approved in 2013. Earlier today, Governor McCrory signed the state’s budget bill. Now, the UNC Board of Governors has the responsibility to determine how funds will be distributed to each campus across the UNC system. After the Board of Governors makes its allocation decisions, which we expect will occur within the next several weeks, we will have an understanding about the impact of the new state budget on UNCG.

The committee report can be found here (UNC begins on page F-11).

The budget bill document is available here (UNC System begins on page 56).

UNC General Administration has provided a side-by-side comparison of the adopted Conference Budget to the Senate Budget, House Budget, UNC System Budget Priorities and Governor’s Proposed Budget. It is available here. Read More

Posted in Budget News, State Budget News.

House Proposed 2014-15 Budget and Start of Conference Process

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014 under State Budget News

The North Carolina House passed their $21.1 billion budget on Friday, June 13, by a vote of 77-35. The budget is an adjustment to the second year of the two-year budget approved by the legislature in 2013.

To address differences between the two plans, the Senate and the House will now work together in a conference committee to reconcile their proposed budget adjustments for the 2014-15 budget. Once passed, the House and Senate will send a final budget to Governor McCrory for his signature or veto.

Below is General Administration’s side-by-side comparison of the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) priorities, the Governor’s recommended budget, and the Senate and House budgets, as well as links to the final text of the House’s version of the full bill and a comparison report on the House and Senate budgets.

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House Appropriations Committee Report (UNC System begins on page 27)

House Budget Bill final version adopted 6-13-14 (UNC System begins on page 67, Part XI)

Comparison Report for House and Senate Budgets (UNC System begins on page 18)

Tom Ross

June 13, 2014

UNC President Tom Ross issued the following statement on the proposed 2014-15 state budget adopted by the NC House of Representatives:

The proposed 2014-15 state budget adopted today by the North Carolina House demonstrates strong and positive support for some key University priorities. Importantly, the proposed budget funds salary increases for all state workers, including University faculty and staff, and makes targeted investments in some research areas highlighted in our strategic plan. We also are grateful that the House budget provides critical flexibility needed to manage our operations efficiently and effectively. We thank House leaders for addressing our concerns throughout their budget deliberations and look forward to working with the Budget Conference Committee to ensure that the University is equipped to develop the talent and innovation needed to improve North Carolina’s competitive position and build a stronger future for the state.

Posted in State Budget News.

Senate Proposed 2014-15 Budget

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 under State Budget News

The North Carolina Senate passed their budget on Saturday, May 31. Following passage, the plan moved to the House Chamber for consideration.

Below is General Administration’s side-by-side comparison of the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) priorities, Governor’s recommended budget, and the Senate budget, as well as links to the Senate Committee report and the final text of the full bill.

2014-15 Budget_Comparison_Senate_2014-06-02

Senate Appropriations Committee Report (UNC System begins on page 23)

Senate Budget Bill final version adopted 5:31:14 (UNC System begins on page 65)

Tom Ross

May 29, 2014

UNC President Tom Ross issued the following statement on the draft 2014-15 state budget released by the Senate Appropriations Committee:

The 2014-15 draft state budget released by the Senate Appropriations Committee offers clear evidence that the North Carolina Senate understands the critical role our public universities must continue to play in North Carolina’s economic future. Given the needs facing the State, we are grateful that the Senate budget recognizes the need to invest in areas that are key to the future of the University, as highlighted in our strategic plan.  We support the efforts of legislative leaders to fund salary increases for state workers and look forward to working with them to address compensation issues for University faculty and staff. While the budget process is far from complete, the Senate budget marks an important step forward for our students and our State, and it demonstrates support that is crucial as the University strives to remain the most valuable asset owned by the people of North Carolina.

Posted in State Budget News.

Governor McCrory’s Proposed 2014 Budget

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 under Budget News, State Budget News

The North Carolina General Assembly convened for legislative business Wednesday, May 14. During the 2014 Short Session, legislators will review and make any necessary adjustments to the second year of the 2013-15 biennium budget, as well as address any outstanding business from the prior year.

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Last week Governor Pat McCrory also released his 2014-15 budget recommendation (UNC System begins on page 41), which represents the initial step in the state budget process. The Senate and House chambers are expected to follow shortly with their budget development and negotiation process, with a target deadline for sending the final budget recommendation to the Governor prior to the July 1 start of the next fiscal year.

Click here to download a high-level summary from UNC General Administration of budget recommendations pertaining to the University.

Tom Ross

UNC President Tom Ross issued the following statement on Governor Pat McCrory’s proposed 2014-15 state budget:

We appreciate Governor McCrory’s commitment to provide pay raises for all state workers, including University faculty and employees.  We also are grateful that he recognizes the importance of extending in-state tuition rates to our military-affiliated students, and his scholarship proposal for certain student veterans offers a starting point for discussion.

North Carolina has a long history of strong support for the University of North Carolina. This budget proposal, however, calls for further reductions to the University’s budget.  In the context of a growing economy where other states are re-investing in their public universities, this is an issue of competitiveness. To improve North Carolina’s economic position, attract new industry, and create needed new jobs, North Carolina must continue to maintain its strong public university system.  We owe our students a high-quality education, and there is no great university without great faculty. This budget would make it increasingly hard for UNC campuses to recruit and retain the best and most accomplished faculty, as well as staff.

The State now spends nearly $1,000 less per full-time-equivalent student than it did in 2007-08. While the University is operating more efficiently and has become more accountable, we have been forced to raise tuition in order to maintain the excellence for which we are known.  While we will continue to search for additional efficiencies and savings, we cannot continue to shift the costs of higher education from the State to students and their families.

The University of North Carolina has long been key to our State’s economic growth and way of life.  The quality of this great asset must be preserved for future generations.  We are committed to working with the Governor and the General Assembly throughout the budget process to meet state needs and address key University priorities.

 

 

Posted in Budget News, State Budget News.

April 2014 Fiscal Research Division General Fund Revenue Report

Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014 under Budget News, State Budget News

Fiscal Research Division

The North Carolina General Fund Revenue Report for April 2014 developed by the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly can be seen here. This report is an update provided by the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division that summarizes revenue for the current fiscal year and outlines the risks to revenue receipts for the current year. 

The following is an excerpt from the report:

  • General Fund collections through March are $12.1 million above the revenue target of $14.5 billion.
  • Sales and Corporate Income tax revenue are the main reason collections are on target. Wage and salary income tax withholdings are below target.
  • New tax law changes have made it difficult to time the patterns of base broadening and rate reductions. The most noticeable impact of this timing has been on the personal income tax.
  • April holds the potential for a surprise in collections when volatile sources of income can significantly rise or fall below expectations.
  • A steady, moderate growth pattern is expected to be with us throughout 2014. Most forecasters are not projecting economic growth to accelerate in 2015. 

 General Fund Revenue Report

Posted in Budget News, State Budget News.