The 2013 state budget is on its way to the Senate for a final vote before going to the Governor for his signature. On Tuesday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the $19.2 billion-dollar spending plan.
Senator Jack Hill, a Republican from Reidsville, says it adds funding for Pre-kindergarten programs and increases the number of available residency slots for doctors and nurses in the state.
"These are real needs and the funding based on real growth for population growth which has totaled well over 100,000 in populations since the census is done two years ago," said Hill.
The net of agency cuts and new agency spending totaled around $79 million dollars or about 8 percent. The budget now goes before the full Senate, and then to the Governor.
The state budget is the only measure lawmakers are required to pass each legislative year.