The Triangle will have a state senator on one of the most important committees in the General Assembly next session. Sen. Neal Hunt, a four-term Republican from Raleigh, will be one of three co-chairmen of the Senate Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget. Sen. Richard Stevens of Cary, who retired earlier this year, had been a co-chair.
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, a Republican from Eden, announced the appointments Wednesday. The other co-chairs will be Republican Sens. Pete Brunstetter from Winston-Salem and Harry Brown from Jacksonville. Hunt and Brunstetter also served as chairs last session.
The committee writes the state budget, and so implements much of the GOP-led legislature’s agenda.
“Sen. Brunstetter and Sen. Hunt, with strong support from Majority Leader Brown, played a vital role in crafting a bipartisan two-year budget that cut taxes, reduced spending and reformed public education – while closing a $2.5 billion deficit,” Berger said in a statement his office released. “With their leadership, we will continue to fund the state’s key priorities while keeping our fiscal house in order.”