- The final budget for fiscal year 2012 avoids an $850 million tax increase Gov. Bev Perdue sought, which means $200 less in taxes per household.
- General Fund spending totals $19.5 billion, two percent less than Gov. Perdue’s original, $19.9 billion proposal.
- In K-12 education, excluding the transfer of More at Four, the final budget spends just 0.6 percent less than Gov. Perdue’s proposal.
- The state budget does not eliminate any teacher positions. County commissions and local school boards will decide if any teachers or teacher assistants lose jobs.
- Budget writers expect two proven programs in Medicaid (managed care and mental health waivers) to generate more savings without adverse health outcomes.
- Another Medicaid saving games federal reimbursement rules to generate $1.3 billion in additional federal payments to hospitals and other providers.
- Income-tax changes could make future tax reform easier to accomplish.
- Proposed spending for fiscal year 2013 is $400 million higher, but has no provision for the rainy-day fund or a fund balance at year’s end.