NC Senate panel holding unusual budget meeting

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Senate committee is meeting to scrutinize information lawmakers received from the executive branch about funding for two toll projects as they considered a state budget proposal.

Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca scheduled an unusual hearing for Tuesday morning.

Apodaca didn’t provide many details on the Senate floor Monday night. The committee’s written agenda lists an inquiry into communications by the Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office about funding for the proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge at the coast and the Garden Parkway west of Charlotte.

The Senate budget eliminated $32.5 million for those projects next year because debt for the projects would not be needed until the following year. The House budget did not take that money.

The two chambers are negotiating competing state government spending plans.
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