by Sarah Curry
John Locke Foundation
June 18, 2014
“Logrolling” is a budgeting technique whereby each chamber negotiates for inclusion of specific line items in the final spending plan. North Carolina state legislators could reverse that practice by accepting the lower of the two chambers’ previously approved figures for each department or agency, as well as the higher of the two chambers’ previously approved fund transfers. This practice is referred to as “reverse logrolling.” Applied to the current state budget, it would result in a General Fund budget of $20.6 billion and a $667 million surplus, excluding any teacher pay raise. Reverse logrolling before the incorporation of a teacher pay increase would allow legislators more flexibility when discussing spending priorities. It would also allow enough to be set aside in savings and reserves to avoid any unforeseen shortfalls in the next fiscal year. A teacher pay increase would be easier to accomplish with the use of reverse logroll savings.

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