2019-2021 House Budget

NC House of Representatives 2019-2021 Budget Proposal

The House passed its version of the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium state budget May 3, which included many county priorities. Budget writers raise the amount available through the state’s broadband grant program, provide significant funds to implement Raise the Age legislation and Medicaid Transformation, and require collection of sales tax by online marketplace retailers. The Senate now begins budget deliberations with likely passage by the end of the month.

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  1. Education
  2. Health and Human Services
  3. Broadband
  4. Justice and Public Safety
  5. Environmental Quality
  6. Cultural and Natural Resources
  7. Other

Lottery Funds


Allocates 24 percent of the total lottery appropriations for school capital purposes as follows:
  • $100 million each biennium for the Public School Building Capital Fund
  • $67.5 million each biennium for the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund

K-12 Public Schools


Personnel Pay Increases
  • $118.5 million in 2019-20 and $228 million in 2020-21 to increase teacher and instructional support compensation:
    • Reinstates Masters degree supplements
    • Includes $1 million to provide a bonus of up to $2,000 to match local funds on a 1:1 basis to recruit teachers and instructional support personnel to LEAs receiving funding from the Small County allotment
  • $16 million in 2019-20 and $32 million in 2020-21 to increase principal and assistant principal compensation
School Safety Grants
  • Provides an additional $30 million in 2019-20 and $53.2 million in 2020-21 to fund the following school safety grants:
    • $3 million in 2019-20 and $6.1 million in 2020-21 for the purchase of safety equipment for school buildings and related training
    • $3 million in 2019-20 and $7.7 million in 2020-21 for school resource officers; brings total grant funding for these officers to $15 million in FY 2019-20 and $19.7 million in FY 2020-21 and requires a local match
    • $19 million in 2019-20 and $30.2 million in 2020-21 for public school units to employ, contract with, and/or train school mental health support personnel as well as to contract for other health support services
    • $3 million in 2019-20 and $4.6 million in 2020-21 to allow school districts to contract with community partners who provide training to help students develop healthy responses to trauma and stress
    • $2 million in 2019-20 and $4.6 million to allow school districts to contract with community partners who provide evidence-based crisis services to students
Other K-12 Items
  • $11.3 million in 2019-20 and $8.8 million in 2020-21 for textbooks and digital resources; brings total funding for textbooks and digital resources to $73.3 million in FY 2019-20 and $70.8 million in FY 2020-21
  • $1 million for the State Board of Education to contract with a third-party organization to develop a weighted student funding model for the state's public schools
  • $1 million for the State Board of Education to contract with a third-party organization to offer computer-assisted instruction to at-risk preschool age children in 10 school districts
  • Rebalances School Performance Grades composition to 51% school achievement and 49% school growth (previously 80% achievement and 20% growth), and makes 15-point scale permanent (was set to revert to 10-point scale in 2019-2020)
  • Prohibits school districts from modifying school calendars after the start of the school year except in the event of certain crises and prevents supervisors from approving personal leave requests for teachers without the confirmation of a substitute teacher’s availability
  • Requires local school districts to evaluate and adopt instructional and supplemental materials/textbooks (currently a DPI responsibility)

Community Colleges

  • $8.8 million in 2019-20 and $11.5 in 2020-21 in additional funding for short-term continuing education and workforce development leading to industry credentials
  • $2.8 million in each year of the biennium in additional funding for the Career Coaches program, which places career coaches employed by local community colleges with partnering high schools
  • Modifies matching requirement for the Career Coaches program as follows:
    • No match required for community colleges located in Tier 1 counties
    • $1.00 of local funds for every $2.00 in state funds for community colleges located in Tier 2 counties
    • $1.00 of local funds for every $1.00 in state funds for community colleges located in Tier 3 counties