Rep. Jason Saine was recently appointed by House Speaker Tim Moore to serve as one of three Senior Chairs of the House Committee on Appropriations, along with Reps. Linda Johnson (R-Cabarrus) and Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth).

According to a press release, the House Committee on Appropriations will oversee the creation of a $23.9 billion budget for the state. Saine previously served as a co-chairman of the House’s finance committee.

“It’s a change for me, moving from finance, being the person who makes decisions on how we raise the revenue to becoming the person who decides how to spend the revenue,” Saine said.

Creating a budget for the state takes several months. Sub-committees within the Appropriations Committee each cover a different area of state government to create its specific budget. Saine calls it a bottom-up building of the budget. Senior chairs will then negotiate with their counterparts in the Senate. The Appropriations Committee will also work with various agencies to learn about their coming needs and what their requests might be.

Saine called his appointment one of the worst-kept secrets in Raleigh. Just a day after his appointment, Saine met with the attorney general on law enforcement initiatives and plans to meet with the SBI this week.

Saine said he was excited to learn something new and gain a new skill set that will be valuable in becoming a more effective legislator.

“I am excited about some of the new challenges facing us and honored that Speaker Moore has asked me to serve in this new capacity,” Saine said.

Saine, a Republican, defeated Democrat Natalie Robertson in November by earning over 70 percent of the vote.

Ted Alexander, a Republican, was sworn in Wednesday for his first term in the state Senate. The former Shelby mayor defeated David Lee Lattimore with over two-thirds of votes cast to represent the newly-drawn 44th District covering Lincoln, Cleveland and a portion of Gaston County. Alexander has not yet been assigned any committee appointments.

“I am honored and humbled by the tremendous responsibility the people of the 44th district have entrusted to me,” Alexander said. “I will work tirelessly to keep my promises to my constituents, effect positive change, and make North Carolina the best state to live, work and raise a family.”

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