Public financing for NC appellate judicial campaigns now eliminated in all 3 main proposed budgets

I mentioned previously that North Carolina’s public financing system for appellate races is under threat both directly in the form of efforts to repeal the authorization language and indirectly via efforts to repeal and/or defund it through the budget process.

On March 20 the governor released his budget that included repeal language.

Sunday, May 19 the Senate released its budget (SB 402) and it too included repeal language.

And late last night (June 10) the House released its budget with repeal language as well as an amendment to the Senate-passed appropriations bill SB 402 (h/t NC Center for Voter Education).

Meanwhile, 14 of the state’s 15 Court of Appeals judges have written the Senate’s leader urging the chamber to keep the program.

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