NC budget deal heading for final legislative OK

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Legislature’s proposal for North Carolina state government spending will soon be on Gov. Beverly Perdue’s desk.

The next question will be whether the two branches of government will have a veto showdown for the second year in a row.

The Republican-led House and Senate each could vote Thursday on a compromise $20.2 billion budget plan and send the measure to the Democratic governor. Perdue will have 10 days to decide whether to veto the measure or let it become law. She vetoed the two-year budget last year, but the veto was overridden.

The Legislature’s plan spends hundreds of millions of dollars more than what Perdue proposed in her spending plan. She wanted new revenues to restore more education cuts. Republicans have no new taxes in their plan.

Credit: The Associated Press.