If you thought North Carolina was alone when it came to tardy budgets, think again. North Carolina joined Alabama and New Hampshire in passing a budget late last week. Now there are only two states left in the country without a budget, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
There are some similarities between the three states that passed a budget last week. Both New Hampshire and North Carolina had previously passed continuing resolutions, avoiding a state government shutdown. Alabama also has Republican control of the legislative and executive branches, and their budget negotiations were full of debate surrounding Medicaid and tax changes, similar to North Carolina.
Both Alabama and New Hampshire legislatures had experienced gubernatorial vetoes before passing a final budget. North Carolina was able to avoid a budget veto this year, with Governor McCrory signing the budget into law just hours after the legislature finalized the document.