The rollout of the Senate’s budget proposal, expected this week, was delayed and is now scheduled to begin on Monday at 4:00 pm, when each of that chamber’s Appropriations Subcommittees will meet and review their respective spending plans. Much like last week, the lack of a Senate budget plan did not prevent various other dramas from playing out. The House unveiled its Medicaid reform plan – setting up yet another showdown between the chambers on that issue – since the Senate has already rejected a similar plan. The Senate put forward its tax cut and redistribution plan (which has been condemned by municipal leaders and called “dangerous” by the Governor), as well as its economic development package, which is vastly different than the bill that the House approved and sent over. The House voted, after several days of delay, to override Gov. McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, which allows court officials to opt out marriage duties because of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” And finally, one of the leading members of the House minority, 7-term Cumberland County Rep. Rick Glazier, unexpectedly announced he will retire after this year’s session to lead the NC Justice Center. Clearly, we do not need budget negotiations to keep things lively on Jones Street! Read the full report here.