by Barry Smith
Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, on Tuesday said a budget accord similar to the one that transpired in 2011 could be in the offing this year.
Last year, lawmakers broke tradition and didn’t send the budget to a conference committee. Instead, the House initially passed its version. Then, while the Senate was working on its version of the budget, lawmakers worked out their compromise. The budget went back to the House, where representatives voted to concur with the Senate budget.
That’s something unheard of in recent years.
“I would like to see us be able to do something similar to what was done last year,” Berger said during a press conference Tuesday. “Whether that will take place, I don’t know.”
The House Appropriations Committee met Tuesday and sent the budget to the House floor. The House is expected to consider the budget on Wednesday.