Incoming State Budget Director Lee Roberts, right, speaks after he was introduced by Gov. Pat McCrory, second from right, during a press conference at the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh on Aug. 6, 2014. Outgoing Budget Director Art Pope, left, and his wife, Kathy Pope, listen at left. A new state law has ended the decades-old practice of automatically building in numbers that account for expected growth, such as covering the cost of more children attending public schools each year. Budget writers said they like the change in how the budget is built because it will lead to what they said is more accurate reporting later on of spending decisions.
Incoming State Budget Director Lee Roberts, right, speaks after he was introduced by Gov. Pat McCrory, second from right, during a press conference at the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh on Aug. 6, 2014. Outgoing Budget Director Art Pope, left, and his wife, Kathy Pope, listen at left. A new state law has ended the decades-old practice of automatically building in numbers that account for expected growth, such as covering the cost of more children attending public schools each year. Budget writers said they like the change in how the budget is built because it will lead to what they said is more accurate reporting later on of spending decisions. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
Incoming State Budget Director Lee Roberts, right, speaks after he was introduced by Gov. Pat McCrory, second from right, during a press conference at the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh on Aug. 6, 2014. Outgoing Budget Director Art Pope, left, and his wife, Kathy Pope, listen at left. A new state law has ended the decades-old practice of automatically building in numbers that account for expected growth, such as covering the cost of more children attending public schools each year. Budget writers said they like the change in how the budget is built because it will lead to what they said is more accurate reporting later on of spending decisions. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

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