House, Senate negotiations ahead on NC budget

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RALEIGH, N.C. — House and Senate Republicans are preparing to work on differences with their competing budget bills for North Carolina state government for the coming year.

The Senate planned Thursday to hold a final vote on its proposed $20.1 billion plan after it was tentatively passed along party lines Wednesday.

The Senate version next goes to the House, setting the stage for negotiations between the two sides. The House approved a plan two weeks ago that spent $127 million more than the Senate.

The two chambers have differing views on spending for the public schools and Medicaid and whether to expand ferry tolls.

The compromise plan will go to Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, who hasn’t been happy with either chamber. She vetoed last year’s budget bill, but legislators overturned the veto.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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