July 11, 2019
by Tony Adams, Adams and Associates Government Relations
The 2019–20 budget agreement between the NC House and Senate was passed and sent to Governor Roy Cooper on June 27. The Governor vetoed the bill the next day, June 28, and it is now back in the Legislature for a vote to override the Governor’s veto. There are more than enough votes in the Senate to override the veto, but unless several Democrats join all the Republicans there will not be enough votes in the House to override the veto. Unless both the Senate and House vote to override the veto, the Legislative leaders and the Governor will have to try to work out a compromise with which both sides can agree. In that situation, the negotiations may take weeks to come to a mutual agreement.
The budget passed by the House and Senate provides the most support for aging-related programs in over a decade. It provides funds to increase the personal needs allowance for Special Assistance recipients from $46 to $70 a month effective October 1, 2019. It also provides funding for Temporary Assistance for facilities that serve Special Assistance residents. It provides for an increase of the monthly payments to the facilities from $34 a month to $70 a month beginning October 1, 2019. The bill has $2,250,000 for special assistance personal needs allowance for adult care home residents. The budget also allocates $3,300,000 for temporary assistance for facilities that serve special assistance residents.