Today Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced that they have reached a compromise on several major budget provisions over the biennium. Meetings will still occur with budget writers and staff throughout the weekend to finalize the details of the tentative agreement reached today.

“We certainly understand that this has been a long and hard process, but our diverse and growing State needs a well-crafted, conservative budget to ensure a successful future,” Speaker Moore stated on Friday afternoon. “I feel that Senator Berger and I were able to reach good compromise on a number of issues that are important to our State. I look forward to reviewing the final Conference Report with my House colleagues this weekend and Monday, and then setting a vote for this upcoming week.”

“I am grateful to Speaker Moore and members of the Senate and House for their willingness to compromise, and their patience and perseverance in reaching this tentative agreement,” Senate Leader Berger said. “I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass a final budget next week.”

Lawmakers expect that a Conference Report should be ready by Monday, with further details and comment to follow.